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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.

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Exporting Human Resource Development Services

In an increasingly knowledge-intensive, knowledge-dependent world, global human resource development (HRD) exports in vocational and tertiary education (VTE) and professional training are pervasive and large. At present, such exports are dominated by OECD countries, which have a sophisticated and well-developed institutional infrastructure for the provision of VTE. They have much larger, more diversified faculties and facilities with a head start in knowledge accumulation. However, that reality is changing with two significant trends: (i) the size of the global and export market for tertiary education is increasing rapidly; and (ii) a larger share of the export market is being captured by developing countries, driven largely by cost economics.

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