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Over the last five decades, the Mauritian economy has gone through various stages of economic transformation, transitioning from a sugar-based economy to a diversified and dynamic economic model.  Leveraging on its geographic strategic location and impressive economic trajectory, Mauritius has successfully positioned itself as a regional hub. 

Today, Mauritius is a well-established business destination for investors seeking a secure investment climate, a conducive business environment, political stability, transparent regulations, high value-addition and an efficient financial ecosystem offering a plethora of services.  As an innovation driven and knowledge-based economy, Mauritius is underpinned by a broad spectrum of sectors which offers a number of excellent business opportunities in numerous fields: agro-industry, aqua-culture and ocean economy, education, financial services, healthcare, hospitality, property development and smart cities, ICT-BPO, life sciences, logistics, manufacturing, media and creative industries, amongst others. 

In its quest to become a high-income economy, Mauritius is actively attracting foreign investors to explore its thriving business environment and its unique lifestyle in a peaceful blend of cultures. In turn, investors acknowledge the numerous advantages and opportunities to set their businesses in Mauritius. The appeal and economic track-record of Mauritius exudes a sense of trust, stability and confidence which is recognised by the international community.

For instance, there are a number of compelling reasons that investors consider prior investing and living in Mauritius, notably: 

  • Ease of doing business – Mauritius ranks 1st in Africa in the World Bank Doing Business 2018;
  • Political stability – 1st in Africa for the Democracy Index 2017 (The Economist Intelligence Unit);
  • Good governance - Mauritius ranks 1st in Africa for the Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance 2017;
  • Economic democracy – 1st in Africa for the Index of Economic Freedom – Heritage Foundation, and 1st in Africa in the Economic Freedom of the World – Fraser Institute;
  • A robust and independent legal system with the Privy Council as the ultimate court of appeal;
  • Mauritius offers competitive operational cost;
  • Skilled and bilingual (English/French) workforce;
  • Investment-friendly regulatory regime;
  • Open to foreign investors and talents;
  • Ocean State with one of the largest Exclusive Economic Zones in the world;
  • State-of-the-art technological infrastructure; and,
  • Convenient time zone (GMT +4).

Mauritius has a liberal trading policy coupled with state-of-the-art logistics infrastructure and reliable support services which is fully integrated into the international trade eco-system. 

Mauritius is a key member of regional economic blocs such as the African Union, COMESA, SADC and the Indian Ocean Rim, benefiting from no trade barriers.  Mauritius also enjoys preferential market access to several export destination through a wide network of trade agreements notably with the European Union and the USA.

In fact, Mauritius has over the years implemented effective strategies to drive international exports and to diversify its economy.  The export and trade activities consist of a diversified portfolio of products which consists of medical devices, textile and apparel, seafood, sugar, jewellery, amongst others. 

 

No Index Global Rank Africa Rank
1 World Bank Doing Business 2019 20 out of 190 countries 1st
2 Global Competitiveness Index 2018-2019 49 out of 140 countries 1st
3 Corruption Perceptions Index 2016 - (Transparency International) 50 out of 176 countries 3rd
4 International Property Rights Index 2016 34 out of 128 countries 3rd
5 Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance 2018 - 1st 
6 Press Freedom Index 2017 - (Reporters without Borders) 56 out of 180 countries 5th
7 The A.T. Kearney Global Services Location Index 2016 30 out of 50 countries 3rd
8 2018 Index of Economic Freedom - (Heritage Foundation) 21 out of 180 countries 1st
9 Economic Freedom of the World 2018- (Fraser Institute) 8 out of 162 countries 1st
10 Human Development Index 2016 64 out of 188 countries 2nd
11 Democracy Index 2017 – The Economist Intelligence Unit – Full Democracy 16 out of 167 countries 1st
12 Knowledge Economy Index 2012 - World Bank 62 out of 145 countries 1st
13 Global Enabling Trade Report 2016 - World Economic Forum 39 out of 136 countries 1st
14 Environmental Performance Index 2016 77 out of 180 countries 1st
15 Mercer’s 2016 Quality of Living Survey 83 out of 230 countries 1st
16 E-Government Development Index 2016 58 out of 193 countries 1st
17 Global Information Technology Report 2016 49 out of 139 countries 1st
18 ITU - Measuring the Information Society Report 2016 73 out of 175 countries 1st
19 Forbes Survey of Best Countries for Business 2017 39 out of 139 countries 1st
20 The Travel and Tourism Competitiveness 2017 55 out of 136 countries 2nd
21 Social Progress Index 2016 40 out of 133 countries 1st