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Location:
an Ocean, off southeast coast of Africa; due east of Madagascar.

Capital :
Port Louis. Population: 150,000 (2006 estimate).

Area:
2,040 sq km (788 sq miles).

Description:
Mauritius, a volcanic and mountainous island in the Indian Ocean, lies 2,000km (1,240 miles) off the southeastern coast of Africa, due east of Madagascar. The island state stands on what was once a land bridge between Asia and Africa called the Mascarene Archipelago. From the coast, the land rises to form a broad fertile plain on which sugar cane flourishes and beyond, crater edges form a mountainous backbone. Some 500km (310 miles) east is Rodrigues Island, while northeast are the Cargados Carajos Shoals and 900km (560 miles) to the north is Agalega.

Population :
1.25 million (Mauritius Government 2006).

language:
The official languages are English and French (with French being the most dominant), the most commonly used are Creole (pidgin French with other languages added to the mix), Hindi and Bhojpuri. Urdu and Chinese are also spoken.

Climate:
Mauritius has a tropical maritime climate, with relatively little seasonal variation in temperatures, and generally pleasant and sunny on the coast year round. Winter, from May to October is warm and dry. Summer from November to April is hot, humid and rainy. Cyclones occur between January and March. Sea breezes blow all year, especially on the east coast, and the inland central plateau around Curepipe is cooler and rainy year round.

Economy - overview:

Historically, sugar has dominated Mauritius' agricultural economy and today accounts for 25% of export earnings. Since independence in 1968, the government has deliberately sought to diversify by developing the industrial and service components of the economy.

The island's industrial capacity is centred on a number of Export Processing Zones and its service economy is based on tourism and financial services, as well as a growing telecommunications provision which has attracted more than 9,000 offshore entities. Tourism is well established and now worth over US$500 million annually. Investment in banking is more than US$1 billion. The overall economy grew at 2.5% in 2005, with inflation at 5% and unemployment 9.6%.

The government's economic policy aims to counter the threat to the two largest sectors of the economy (sugar and textiles) from new regulations introduced by the World Trade Organization. The centrepiece of its strategy is the creation of a custom-built ��?cyber-city', based on similar development in India, using high-speed communications links to offer e-commerce and financial transactions. It also becomes a duty-free shopping zone by 2010.

Mauritius is a member of the Indian Ocean Commission, which promotes regional economic cooperation, and of the Southern African Development Community. Business Contacts

Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry
3 Royal Street, Port Louis, Mauritius
Tel: 208 3301.
Website: www.mcci.org


Economy:

Historically, sugar has dominated Mauritius' agricultural economy and today accounts for 25% of export earnings. Since independence in 1968, the government has deliberately sought to diversify by developing the industrial and service components of the economy.

The island's industrial capacity is centred on a number of Export Processing Zones and its service economy is based on tourism and financial services, as well as a growing telecommunications provision which has attracted more than 9,000 offshore entities. Tourism is well established and now worth over US$500 million annually. Investment in banking is more than US$1 billion. The overall economy grew at 2.5% in 2005, with inflation at 5% and unemployment 9.6%.

The government's economic policy aims to counter the threat to the two largest sectors of the economy (sugar and textiles) from new regulations introduced by the World Trade Organization. The centrepiece of its strategy is the creation of a custom-built ��?cyber-city', based on similar development in India, using high-speed communications links to offer e-commerce and financial transactions. It also becomes a duty-free shopping zone by 2010.

Mauritius is a member of the Indian Ocean Commission, which promotes regional economic cooperation, and of the Southern African Development Community. Business Contacts

Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry
3 Royal Street, Port Louis, Mauritius
Tel: 208 3301.
Website: www.mcci.org



Exports:
Clothing and textiles, sugar, cut flowers and molasses

Imports:
Manufactured goods, capital equipment, foodstuff, petroleum products and chemicals.

Main trade partners: France, UK and other EU countries such as Germany and Finland.

Exchange rates:
Mauritian Rupee (MUR; symbol Rp) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of Rp2,000, 1,000, 500, 200, 100, 50 and 25. Coins are in denominations of Rp10, 5 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, and 5 cents

http://www.worldtravelguide.net/country/169/money/Africa/Mauritius.html



GDP :
US$6.7 billion (2005 estimate).




 

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