The quality of the regulatory environment is strongly dependent on the quality of processes for designing regulations. If used systematically and across the whole of government, regulatory impact assessment (RIA) can ensure better-quality government intervention. In addition, documenting and publishing the evidence and analysis used to design regulations can enhance accountability and transparency in the policy-making and decision-making processes.

The Government of Mauritius has made introducing a RIA system a priority, with a view to improving the business environment and promoting the country as an attractive base for trade and investment. The implementation of the new RIA framework is taking place in the context of a series of policy, economic and institutional reforms aimed at moving Mauritius towards the status of a high-income economy. The OECD has been working with the government of Mauritius to assist in these efforts by providing tailored recommendations based on best practice good regulatory practices from OECD member countries.

This report presents the OECD recommendations on how establish a RIA framework in Mauritius. These recommendations are based on an analysis of the strengths and challenges, as well as on extensive engagement with stakeholders, within and external to the Mauritian administration. They also draw on lessons learned from RIA implementation in a range of countries, an initial benchmarking of RIA-related best practices, and guidance material from relevant jurisdictions. The recommendations aim to ensure that an evidence-based approach to decision making is implemented within the Mauritian rule-making processes, through systematic and institutionalised ex ante scrutiny of new regulatory proposals.

This work is published under the responsibility of the Secretary-General of the OECD. The opinions expressed and arguments employed herein do not necessarily reflect the official views of OECD member countries.

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