Message by Charge d'Affaires Troy Fitrell
Mauritius is one of the most economically successful and politically stable countries in Africa, with a per capita income of over $8,500. Mauritius’s small size understates its importance to the Indian Ocean region, as it controls an extensive Exclusive Economic Zone of 2.38 million sq km and is well positioned as a gateway to both Africa and South Asia. For the fourth consecutive year, the World Bank’s 2012 Doing Business report ranks Mauritius first among African economies (23rd worldwide, out of 183 economies) in terms of overall ease of doing business.
The United States and Mauritius signed a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement in 2006, and every year delegations from both governments meet to discuss ways of strengthening and expanding trade and investment relations between our two countries. Moreover, negotiations are ongoing for a Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT), which we expect to sign in 2012. The BIT will provide additional protection to and further encourage investment flows between the United States and Mauritius.
The Embassy’s Economic/Commercial Section provides a range of services to U.S. businesses interested in doing business in Mauritius as well as to Mauritian businesses interested in importing U.S. products and services. We can provide practical advice, market intelligence, and an introduction to useful contacts. We also can help you identify trade opportunities and find local partners. Feel free to contact us and find out the many opportunities available in the Mauritian market and take advantage of our cost-effective services.
The Economic/Commercial Section in Port Louis also partners with the U.S. Commercial Service in Johannesburg, South Africa, to expand the commercial resources we have available to interested parties. For a more comprehensive list of commercial services available to U.S. businesses, we recommend you visit their website at http://www.buyusa.gov/southafrica/en and click on “Services to U.S. Businesses.”
For more information on how we can assist you in this market please get in touch with the contact persons listed on this page.