Economy of Mauritius

Gross Domestic Product 2012

GDP (purchasing power parity): $20.26 billion (2012 est.)

GDP real growth rate: 3.4% (2012 est.)

GDP per capita (PPP): $15,600 (2012 est.)

GDP composition by sector

Agriculture: 4.5%
Industry: 23.5%

Services: 72% (2012 est.)

Inflation: 4.7% (2012 est.)

Currency: Mauritian rupee

Business Languages

English and French are official languages of Mauritius.

Transport

Mauritius has 2,066 kilometers of road network, all of which are paved inclusive of 75 km of expressways. It has 5 airports, 2 with paved runways. Mauritius Island has only one International Airport, The Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport also known as Plaisance International Airport located near Plaisance in Plaine Magnien, South eastern part of the island.

Energy

Mauritius is the only country in Africa to boast full electrification. Liquefied petroleum gas an increasingly popular energy source on the island. Mauritius has invested heavily in diesel power-plants rather than hydroelectric plants due to seasonal fluctuations in flow. Approximately 90 percent of the country’s technically feasible hydropower potential has been developed. Local sources of Total Primary Energy Requirements are hydro-electric power, bagasse and fuel wood which are largely renewable energies. The island nation of Mauritius has recently signed agreements with renewable energy companies to boost its total renewable energy capacity to 60 MW by 2015.

Challenges in Mauritius

  • Pollution
  • Poor waste management
  • Accessibility challenges since Mauritius is an Island country

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