With more than 50 years of industrialisation, the manufacturing industry remains an engine of growth with a GDP contribution of 12.1% (2020). This industry has played an instrumental role in the economic diversification and transformation of Mauritius from a monocrop to a broad-based and forward-looking economy. Today, Mauritius has consolidated its reputation as a high quality and reliable supplier through a successful combination of trade, investment, and industrialization strategies.
By virtue of our preferential market access (COMESA, SADC, IOC, EPA, AGOA, AfCFTA) to Europe, the USA and Africa, Mauritius exports 1,500 product lines to over 100 countries. Our country has developed a competitive edge in textile and apparel, seafood processing, sugar and agro-processing and has harnessed new segments such as medical devices, pharmaceutical products, high-end jewellery, Original Equipment Manufacturing (OEM), precision engineering, metal fabrication products and optical products.
Despite a lack of natural resources, Mauritius has over the years focused on the production of high value added products for niche markets. The success of our manufacturing industry lies in its capacity to innovate and adapt to the changing needs of customers in a short lead time. With the advent of COVID-19 and its impact on global economy, Mauritius is gradually re-positioning itself as a Strategic Hub in the Region by promoting sustainability and digital technology. As per the last Productive Capacities Index (PCI) launched by UNCTAD, Mauritius is currently ranked as Number 1st in Africa.
The manufacturing industry consists of the following sub-sectors:
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Contribution to GDP