On 2 October, 2019, in Mauritius, the EU started negotiations with five Eastern and Southern Africa partners (so-called ESA: Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles and Zimbabwe) to deepen the existing Economic Partnership Agreement. Given the positive results generated by the current agreement, now in its 8th year of implementation, the five countries have declared their readiness to move beyond trade in goods, towards a more comprehensive agreement. The EU has welcomed this step, especially in the context of…

On July 14, 2017, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) published in the Federal Register a notice providing country-by-country allocations of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 (October 1, 2017 through Sept. 30, 2018) in-quota quantity of the tariff-rate quotas for imported raw cane sugar, certain sugars, syrups and molasses (also known as refined sugar), specialty sugar, and sugar-containing products.

The WTO reported that Madagascar has joined the growing majority of WTO members that have ratified the WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). Mr Solofo Andrianjatovo Razafitrimo, Madagascar’s Minister-Counsellor and Chargé d’Affaires in Geneva, presented his country’s instrument of ratification to WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo on 20 June 2016.

On December 15, 2014, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published in the Federal Register a notice stating that USTR has determined that Guinea and Madagascar have each adopted effective visa systems and related procedures to prevent unlawful transshipment of textile and apparel articles and the use of counterfeit documents in connection with the shipment of such articles and has implemented and follows, or is making substantial progress toward implementing and following,…