A COMPETITIVE, WELL-DIVERSIFIED, AND WIDELY BASED ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT
Over the years, Mauritius has crafted a strong growth-oriented developmental path which has enabled us to achieve one of the highest per capita income in Africa. Indeed, from USD 400 in 1968 when we obtained our independence, our development strategy has propelled us in the league of high-income countries with a GNI per capita of USD 12,740 in 2019. This strategy, built on a combination of political stability, strong institutional framework, and favorable regulatory environment have established the foundation for economic development, while open trade policies have been key in sustaining growth, gradually transforming Mauritius from a monocrop economy dependent on sugar cane as main source of foreign earnings in the 1960s into a competitive, well-diversified and broad-based economy and is now open for investment in over 15 sectors of activity.
PROTECTION FOR INVESTORS AND GOOD GOVERNANCE
Mauritius is a beacon of political, social and economic stability. With its wide network of Double Taxation Avoidance Agreements and Investment Promotion and Protection Agreements (IPPAs), Mauritius offers investors a conducive environment for doing business which guarantees predictability, certainty and security. Mauritius is currently home to two leading arbitral institutions – the LCIA-MIAC, which is a partnership comprising the London Court for International Arbitration and the Mauritius International Arbitration Centre, and the Permanent Representative Office of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA).
PORT CONNECTIVITY & CAPACITY
Mauritius is developing an island container terminal to cater for container traffic beyond 2025. The Government is investing Rs 47 billion (USD 1.3 billion) for the development of the blue economy and the transformation of the Port Louis Harbour into a regional maritime hub. These projects include the construction of an island terminal, a wave breaker, a fishing port and storage facility for Oil and Gas amongst many others. The Mauritius Container Terminal (MCT) is set to become one of the largest container ports in the region; already, several projects are being implemented and with the wharf extension being completed over a length of 800 meters. This project, to the tune of MUR 6.5 billion, attests to the government's vision to make Port-Louis the privileged maritime platform of the Indian Ocean.