Located off the southeast coast of Africa, the mountainous and volcanic island of Mauritius has a population of 1.3 million inhabitants. With the nation’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ); covering about 2.3 million km2 (890,000 mi2) of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius has successfully positioned itself as a regional business hub. Since its independence in 1968, Mauritius has gone through various stages of economic transformation, transitioning from a sugar-based economy to a diversified and innovative economic model.
Today, Mauritius is a middle-income economy pursuing a liberal and open economic policy and welcomes foreign investment in nearly all sectors of the economy. The economy rests on financial services, tourism, sugar, textiles and canned tuna manufacturing. The country relies heavily on trade and investment with Europe and the US and also with markets like India, China and Africa.
Mauritius is considered one of the most business-friendly countries in Sub-Saharan Africa as a result of its political stability, good governance and independent judiciary. Out of 190 countries, Mauritius ranked as the 25th most favourable country for business in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index for 2018 and 1st for Africa. The country is also highly rated against many other related international benchmarks. For example, it ranks 1st in Africa and 45th worldwide on the World Global Competitiveness Index 2017-2018.
The country acts as a reliable platform for investment into India and has recently begun to establish itself as a gateway for investment into Africa.
About the guides
The main objective of this Doing Business in Mauritius Guide is to provide you with basic knowledge about Mauritius; an overview of its economy, business culture, potential opportunities and to identify the main issues associated with initial research, market entry, risk management and cultural and language issues.
We do not pretend to provide all the answers in the guide, but novice exporters in particular will find it a useful starting point.
This FREE guide is available in 4 formats:
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