Mauritius is actively engaged in various international organizations and agreements, reflecting its commitment to global cooperation and development. As a member of the International Court of Justice, the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes, and the 1958 New York Convention on Foreign Arbitration Awards, Mauritius plays a significant role in international legal and investment frameworks.

International Memberships and Relations

Mauritius has long-established international relations and is a member of several key global and regional organizations:

  • The United Nations and its Agencies: As a UN member, Mauritius participates in various programs and initiatives aimed at promoting peace, security, and development worldwide.
  • The International Monetary Fund (IMF): Membership in the IMF allows Mauritius to benefit from financial support and expertise in economic policy.
  • The World Bank: Through the World Bank, Mauritius gains access to funding and technical assistance for development projects.
  • The African Development Bank (AfDB): This membership supports Mauritius in achieving economic growth and poverty reduction through various financial products and policy advice.
  • The World Trade Organisation (WTO): As a WTO member, Mauritius engages in international trade negotiations and disputes, promoting free and fair trade.
  • The Organisation of African Unity (OAU): Participation in the OAU aligns Mauritius with African nations working towards unity and development.
  • The African, Caribbean, Pacific (ACP) Group: As a signatory of the Lomé Convention, Mauritius cooperates with ACP countries on development, trade, and political issues.
  • The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA): Membership in COMESA fosters regional economic integration and trade.
  • The Southern African Development Community (SADC): SADC membership promotes economic cooperation and integration in Southern Africa.
  • The Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation (IORARC): This membership enhances regional collaboration on trade, investment, and development among Indian Ocean Rim countries.

Trade Agreements

Mauritius is also a signatory to the African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA), a trade agreement between the USA and sub-Saharan African countries. AGOA provides Mauritius with preferential access to the US market, boosting its exports and economic growth.

Through its participation in these international organizations and agreements, Mauritius demonstrates a strong commitment to global cooperation, economic development, and the promotion of international peace and security. These memberships not only enhance Mauritius’s international standing but also contribute significantly to its domestic development and economic stability.