Mauritius

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INFORMATION

Capital: Port Louis

Government: Parliamentary Democracy

President: Paramasivum Pillay Vyapoory

Current Prime Minister: Pravind Kumar Jugnauth

Economy:

  • Mainstays of the economy remain sugar, tourism, textiles, apparel and financial services with expansion into fish processing, information and communications technology and hospitality and property development.
  • Sugarcane is grown on about 90% of the cultivated land area and accounts for 15% of export earnings.

Population: 1,356,388 (2017)

Land Size: 2,040 sq km (788 sq miles)

Major Ethnic Groups:

  • Indo-Mauritian: 68%
  • Creole: 27%
  • Sino-Mauritian: 3%
  • Franco-Mauritian: 2%
Religions:

  • Hindu: 48%
  • Roman Catholic: 23.6%
  • Muslim: 16.6%
  • Other Christian: 8.6%
  • Other: 2.5%
  • Unspecified: 0.3%
  • None: 0.4%

Language(s):

  • Creole: 80.5%
  • Bhojpuri: 12.1%
  • French: 3.4%
  • English (official)
  • Other: 3.7%
  • Unspecified: 0.3%

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RECENT NEWS

  • Fri - Aug 17, 2018: PM Courts Mauritius Sugar Investors - AllAfrica News: Mauritius
    [Daily News] PRIME Minister Kassim Majaliwa (pictured) has invited businesspeople to invest in the sugar production sector, for the country to meet the increasing demand of the product.
  • Tue - Aug 14, 2018: Foreign Affairs Ministry to Sign Two Memoranda of Understanding - AllAfrica News: Mauritius
    [Government of Mauritius] The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade will sign two Memoranda of Understanding namely with the China Foreign Affairs University and China Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China and the Estonian School of Diplomacy of the Republic of Estonia.
  • Tue - Aug 14, 2018: Mauritius - China FTA - Third Round of Negotiations Underway - AllAfrica News: Mauritius
    [Government of Mauritius] The three-day third round of negotiations on the Mauritius-China Free Trade Agreement (FTA) opened yesterday at the Hilton Hotel in Flic en Flac. The FTA aims at further expanding bilateral trade and investment exchanges between Mauritius and the People's Republic of China.
  • Tue - Aug 14, 2018: "Why not just give more powers to the ADSU, instead of creating something new?" - AllAfrica News: Mauritius
    [L'Express] With criticism of the police force hitting an all-time high particularly after the case of heroin which allegedly went missing while in police care, Weekly speaks to Inspector Jaylall Boojhawon, president of the Police Officers' Solidarity Union.
  • Mon - Aug 13, 2018: Antoine Domingue - "The national drug investigation commission should not be under the thumb of the prime minister" - AllAfrica News: Mauritius
    [L'Express] As the country heads into unchartered waters with a commission of inquiry looking into possible constitutional violations by a former president, Weekly talks to Antoine Domingue, former head of the Mauritius Bar Council, about what the commission can and cannot do. Also, he gives his opinion on the drugs commission and what kind of challenge those named and shamed by the commission can mount to try to pull their chestnuts out of the fire.