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Manufacturing has played an important role in the economic development of Mauritius for the last four decades. The sector accounts for 20% of the country’s total direct employment. Mauritian exports benefit from preferential market under various agreements: 

  • Access to the US market under the Africa Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA).
  • Ease of access to the European Union under the interim Economic Partnership Agreement (iEPA).
  • Access to COMESA and SADC countries as well as to IOC (Indian Ocean Commission) countries.
  • Access to Pakistan and Turkey markets through the Free Trade Agreements (FTA).

The sector has also experienced a major shift from traditional manufacturing to high-technology manufacturing and service activities such as precision and light engineering, technical textiles, original equipment manufacturing, medical devices and pharmaceuticals. 

71% of total exports

97,400 employment

MUR 55 B in value-added

570 large establishments

MUR 4 B in private investment

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