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.



Policy Recommendations for a Competitiveness Strategy

Mauritius is at a crucial stage in the evolution of its export competitiveness. Export growth, driven in the past by a combination of good economic management, favourable external circumstances and a cheap, literate workforce, is running out of steam. The competitive base has to be transformed, with existing exports raised to a higher 'plane' of quality and new exportable products and services added.


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