Message from Ambassador Shari Villarosa
Mauritius is one of the most economically successful and politically stable countries in Africa, with a per capita income of over $9,000. The small size of Mauritius understates its importance to the Indian Ocean region, as it controls an Exclusive Economic Zone of 2.38 million square kilometers and is well-positioned as a gateway to both Africa and Asia. For the fifth consecutive year, the World Bank’s 2013 Doing Business report ranks Mauritius first among African economies (19th worldwide, out of 185 economies) in terms of the overall ease of doing business. In addition to its economic diversity and political stability, Mauritius has a well-regarded judiciary ensuring respect for the rule of law.
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. With the access afforded under the provisions of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), the U.S. has become a major market for the Mauritian textile and apparel industry.
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. At present, Mauritius provides best opportunities to U.S. businesses and investors in the areas of renewable and sustainable energy, aquaculture, and pharmaceuticals. Feel free to contact us and find out the many opportunities available in the Mauritian market and take advantage of our cost-effective services.
IMF eLibrary Data, 2013 estimate based on Gross Domestic Product per capita
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