Mauritius at a Glance

Mauritius is strategically located in the South-West Indian Ocean, your preferred gateway between Africa and Asia. This island of 2,040 km2 has 1.3 million inhabitants and is easily accessible from all parts of the world; 4 hours by air from South Africa and 6 hours from Dubai.

Mauritius gained independence in 1968, became a republic in 1992 and is nowadays recognised internationally for its vibrant democracy, multi-cultural harmony, rule of law, security, social cohesion and political & economic stability.

The Mauritian economy is one of the fastest growing in Sub-Saharan Africa with an innovation driven base.  Its economic engine is also spearheaded by a dynamic agro-industry, technology-oriented manufacturing firms, a well-established tourism sector and a flourishing financial services industry, ICT/BPO and property and real estate development.  New sectors that are emerging include healthcare, life sciences and knowledge, renewable energies, duty-free shopping as well as creative industries.

With the right policies at the right time in its economic history, Mauritius is categorised these days as an upper-middle income country with a per capita income of USD 7,500. Over the last four decades, the island has recorded a healthy and sustained average GDP growth rate of 5%.  In 2011, Mauritius has successfully crossed the mark of USD 450 million of foreign direct investment with financial services, property development and health care as the main recipient sectors.

Mauritius is also a member of important regional blocs like the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).  The business-friendliness approach of the island and its positioning as an attractive investment destination is acknowledged globally.  The latest World Bank Doing Business Survey ranked Mauritius as the best place to do business in Africa and among the Top 20 in the world.