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.



Setting and Approach

Mauritius is approaching a critical juncture in its economic development. It has successfully replicated the export-oriented growth and structural transformation of many 'Tiger' economies in East and South East Asia, the only country in the region to do so. It is, however, now completing the phase of export-driven growth based upon a handful of products whose competitive advantage lies in one natural resource and cheap semi-skilled labour.


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