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.




Small businesses are the mainstay of the economies of most small states. Mauritius, a typical Commonwealth small island state with a population of just over 1 million, has a vibrant small business sector, with more than 5,700 small and medium enterprise (SMEs). This is a reflection of the market-friendly trade and investment policies Mauritius has pursued since the 1970s, as well as its skilled and literate workforce, relatively good infrastructure and pro-business government policy environment.


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