Case 7

Mauritius

A Success Story

The Overall Perspective

Mauritius is an economic development success story. Success has been due largely to the effective planning and management of a series of national export strategies. Over the past 35 years, these strategies have moved Mauritius from a high-unemployment, single-crop economy (sugar) to one that is characterized by nearly full employment, a significant manufacturing sector, and an internationally oriented service sector.

The export success of Mauritius has been largely a consequence of foreign direct investment (FDI) attracted by the country’s political and social stability, its abundant and educated workforce, and its preferential access to the European Union (EU) and U.S. markets for sugar ...

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