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Migration and Development in Contemporary Mauritius

Focusing mainly on international labour migration, and viewing it within the context of a global division of labour, this policy brief provides an account of migration and development in contemporary Mauritius. The first part deals with conceptions …

Climate-smart Agriculture in Mauritius

Agriculture in Mauritius occupies about 40% of the land area and includes about 22,000 small-scale individual sugarcane planters, and about 12,000 small growers of food crops, tea, tobacco, palm, fruit and flowers. Agriculture in Mauritius is domina…

Majority of Mauritians Say Living Conditions are Good, but Many Question Country's direction

In a stable political environment since independence in 1968, Mauritius transformed itself from a low-income country dependent on sugar into an upper-middle-income country with growing wealth creation from financial services, tourism, and other serv…

Collaborative Cybersecurity: The Mauritius Case

As access to broadband networks expands, countries’ exposure to cyber risks also grows. In Africa, the increasing availability of broadband; relatively weak, poor or undeveloped cybersecurity strategies; cybersecurity and digital skill shortages; an…

Employment Creation in Non-Agricultural Sectors

The existence of employment-creating non-agricultural sectors is one of the five conditions common to cases of successful agricultural transformation . During the later stages of a successful agricultural transformation, two stylized facts are: (1)…

Minimum Wages and Labor Supply in an Emerging Market: the Case of Mauritius

This paper investigates the effect of multiple minimum wages, known as Remuneration Orders, on employment and working hours in Mauritius. Using data between 2004 and 2014, the analysis indicates that a 10 percent increase in the minimum wages brings…

Intra-regional Foreign Direct Investment in SADC: South Africa and Mauritius Outward Foreign Direct Investment

This paper looks at intra-SADC (Southern African Development Community) Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and focuses on Mauritius and South Africa’s outward FDI. Data from 1999 to 2010 are collated and qualitative analyses conducted. The study reveal…

With Elections a Year Away, Mauritians are Increasingly Critical of Government Performance

With just a year to go until presidential and parliamentary elections in December 2019, electoral campaigning will soon get underway in Mauritius. Incumbents can tout a number of strengths. Mauritius ranks highly on many indicators of good governa…

An Analysis of Loan Contraction and Debt Management: The Case of the Republic of Mauritius

Developing countries, especially in Africa must establish appropriate and dynamic legal frameworks and structures that are responsible for coordinating and managing public debt. All public loan contraction and debt management rules and regulations m…

Mauritius a Small Island Developing State (SIDS) with Prudent Public Debt Management Trends

Developing countries, especially in Africa must establish appropriate and dynamic legal frameworks and structures that are responsible for coordinating and managing public debt. All public loan contraction and debt management rules and regulations m…

Despite Concerns about Electoral Commission and Conflict, Mauritians Value Open Elections

During the first weekend of October, the Mauritian prime minister dissolved Parliament and called a general election for November 7 – a surprise announcement that left both the electoral commission and political parties scrambling. The current gover…

Winds of Change? Attitudes toward Renewable Energy Policy in Mauritius

"Most Mauritians support a move toward renewable energies even if it will raise their electricity bills, a good starting point for the government’s decarbonization strategy. Support for clean energy is particularly strong among better-educated, empl…

Infrastructure Development and Financing in Sub-Saharan Africa: Toward a Framework for Capacity Enhancement

"Of the world’s developing regions, Sub-Saharan Africa has the worst infrastructure deficit, with studies pointing to lost growth opportunities. This study presents in one document information previously dispersed on the region’s infrastructure stoc…

Public Trust in Institutions, Satisfaction with Democracy Decline in Mauritius

Mauritius’ commitment to good governance is embodied in its Ministry of Financial Services and Good Governance, created after the Alliance Lepep came to power in 2014 (Fakun, 2016). The Ibrahim Index of African Governance vouches for the quality o…

The Future of Emerging Economies' Energy Mix : Lessons from Mauritius

"One of the least understood but potentially important trends in the energy field is the way in which the development priorities of small developing islands and emerging economies are shaping energy markets. Given that climate change is likely to in…

Islands Drifting Apart? A Comparative Analysis of the Socio-Economic Experience of Rodrigues and Mauritius

Mauritius is one of the leading economies in sub-Saharan Africa. Citizens on the main land have benefited from the economic growth of the past years. This however cannot be said from the Island of Rodrigues as their economy is still reliant on agric…

Popular Attitudes Toward Democracy in Mauritius

This briefing paper discusses democracy as viewed by Mauritians and compare this to other African countries.The survey is also looking at the level of rejection for non-democratic alternatives. A closer look at voting patterns and participation in t…

Getting Down to Business: Lessons from the African Peer Review Mechanism A Look at the Corporate Governance Thematic Area in the Country Review Reports on Lesotho, Mauritius, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia

"Focussing on the six Southern African Development Community (SADC) states that have thus far completed their first Country Review Reports (CRRs) – Lesotho, Mauritius, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia – this report shows that corporate…

Mauritians Still Trust their Institutions but Think Corruption is Strongly Affecting Them

"Afrobarometer’s latest survey shows that although Mauritians still trust their political institutions, they are increasingly concerned about corruption. In this context, six in 10 (60%) Mauritians said in the latest report by the Independent Commi…

Mauritians Welcome Ethnic/Religious Diversity but are Less Tolerant of Homosexuals and People Living with HIV/AIDS

"Despite their multiplicity of ethnic/cultural (European, African, Indian, Chinese) and religious (Hindu, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist) backgrounds, Mauritians have experienced few incidents of ethnic or religious violence. The last major incident d…

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