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17 - 22 September 2017 | Maritim Resort & Spa, Mauritius

Mauritius

The strategic position of Mauritius

The Arabs came to the island first, but little is known of that period. The Portuguese followed, but never settled. The first to colonise the island were the Dutch, followed by the French and the British. Today, the population of Mauritius is a unique multicultural, multiethnic and multireligious melting pot, making it a true crossroad of the world.

Other than its rich diversity, the island is renowned for its pristine beaches, its crystal-clear turquoise waters and its luxuriant flora and fauna. Moreover, Mauritius also offers a conducive environment for business and investment. The World Economic Forum described Mauritius as having the most competitive economy in Africa, with the emergence of promising new sectors.

The Mauritius' Edge

Port-Louis

Capital

Population

1.3 million (2015)

Unique diversity

Multiethnic
multicultural
Multireligious

Official language

English
Other languages:
French & Creole

Airport

Best Airport in Africa by Airport Service Quality Awards 2016

Connectivity

Submarines fiber optics
SAFE - LION

Economy

Mauritius, strategically situated in the Indian Ocean and holds membership within various regional and international organisations:


Shelters the seat/head of:
The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC)
The General Secretariat of IORA (Association of the waterside countries of the Indian Ocean)



Presence within the African regional organizations:
African Union
SADC (Community of the development of Southern Africa)
COMESA (Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa)



Member of:
The International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF)
The Commonwealth



New economic pillars are being developed (governmental program on 2015-2019):
Oceanic economy, renewable energies, provisioning and transshipment
Smart cities, technology, innovation and communications, high precision engineering
Medical tourism, biotechnology, duty-free shopping concept on a national scale
Entrepreneurship




A wide network of bilateral agreements which pave the way for business protection and investment structuring possibilities:

50

Double Taxation Avoidance Treaties signed
(including 21 with African countries)

44

Investment Promotion and Protection Agreements signed
(including 23 with African states)

Growth indicators 2017

GDP: 12.48 bn USD
GDP: 3.9% (annual growth, constant price)
GDP per capita: 9.905 USD
Inflation rate: 2.1%
Estimates from: FMI - World Economic Outlook Database-2017

Mauritius’ rankings on a worldwide scale

1st
in Africa

Ibrahim Index of African Governance 2016

21st
out of 180 countries

Index of Economic Freedom 2017

49th
out of 190 countries

Ease of Doing Business 2017

45th
out of 138 countries

Global Competitiveness Index Year 2016/17

49th
out of 139 countries

Networked Readiness Index 2016