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SME Exports and Public Policies in Mauritius

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The book also includes three articles focusing on trade in services: ‘Postcrisis Growth in Small States: The Role of Trade in Knowledgebased Services’ by Dirk Willem te Velde, ‘Exporting Health and Wellness: Prospects and Issues for Small States’ by Estella Aryada, and ‘Propoor Tourism Interventions through the Creation of Agrotourism Linkages’ by Chanda Chella. Dirk Willem te Velde currently works at the ODI as the Director of Programmes in the International Economic Development Group. Ms Aryada and Ms Chella are Trade Advisers in the Special Advisory Services Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat.

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Executive Summary

The island of Mauritius, because of its past industrial experience, has a large SME sector relative to its size of population. Our estimates suggest that there are about 25,761 SMEs and micro-enterprises (1997) in non-primary sector activities (of which 5,731 are in the manufacturing sector). SMEs and micro-enterprises account for 32.1% of total manufacturing employment, which is comparable to employment shares in advanced industrial countries (such as the UK, France and Korea) and well ahead of industrialising economies in Africa.

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