The Export of Tradeable Services in Mauritius

A Commonwealth Case Study in Economic Transformation

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How can developing country governments seek to initiate the economic transformation that so many desire?

For many countries the dramatic shift from low to high added-value activities will involve the export of tradeable services, particularly professional services. The authors look in detail at the services-driven economic transformation that is occurring in Mauritius, and make specific recommendations for improvements in infrastructure, human resource capacity and the regulatory environment.

The service sectors examined here – financial services, information and communication technologies, health care services, and human resources services – offer lessons that have much to teach economic planners in other developing country economies.




Chapters 3 to 6 have highlighted the potential that exists for Mauritius to export financial services, ICT services, healthcare services and education services. The four symposia held in January and April 2008 covered these four sectors, which have the greatest immediate potential for realising enhanced service export earnings. However, opportunities in other important service sectors, in which Mauritius might also become globally competitive, remain unexplored and unaddressed.


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