Dynamising Export Competitiveness

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This paper analyses the attempt by Mauritius to replicate the export success of the East Asia Tiger Economies by adapting outwardoriented trade and investment strategies. It reviews Mauritius' competitive strengths and weaknesses at the national and enterprise level: its policies for trade, industry, foreign investment, industrial technology, human capital and EPZ infrastructure, and provides a detailed strategy for sustaining future export competitiveness. The Mauritius experience offers valuable lessons for other developing and transition economies.



Foreign Direct Investment and Competitiveness

Foreign direct investment (FDI) in the EPZ sector has played a pivotal role in the rapid structural transformation of the Mauritian economy away from sugar towards manufacturing for export over the last two decades. It has been an important engine of export growth, domestic capital formation, technology transfer and employment creation.


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