India and Mauritius will hold the next round of negotiations from Wednesday for the proposed free trade agreement (FTA), which is aimed at liberalizing norms to boost two-way commerce and investments.
According to experts, India may not get a substantial benefit in the goods sector as Mauritius is a small market, but services sectors such as IT and tourism hold huge potential to enhance economic ties.
The island nation is the top source of foreign direct investment (FDI) into India. In 2017-18, India received USD 15.94 billion as compared to USD 15.73 billion in the previous financial year.
The bilateral trade between the countries increased to USD 1.1 billion in 2017-18 from USD 900 million in 2016-17.
India exports petroleum products, pharmaceuticals, cereals, cotton, and electrical machinery, among others, to Mauritius. The island nation exports to New Delhi include iron and steel, pearls and precious/semi-precious stones.