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: 1,364,283 (2018)

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

  • Tue - Aug 20, 2019: Mauritius a Strategic Partner to the United Nations for 2019-2023 - AllAfrica News: Mauritius
    [Government of Mauritius] A Strategic Partnership Framework (SPF) Agreement for the period 2019-2023 was signed, today, at the New Treasury Building in Port-louis between the Government of Mauritius and the United Nations (UN). The Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, and the UN Resident Coordinator for Mauritius, Ms Christine N. Umutoni, and other Ministers, were present.
  • Tue - Aug 20, 2019: AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open Boost for SA Pros - AllAfrica News: Mauritius
    [News24Wire] Cape Town -The AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open will celebrate its fifth anniversary as one of world golf's leading tri-sanctioned tournaments by offering South African professionals not already exempt an opportunity to qualify on their home tour for this year's event.
  • Mon - Aug 19, 2019: Improving Quality of Life of Elderly and Condition of Workers Is a Priority for Government, Says PM - AllAfrica News: Mauritius
    [Government of Mauritius] The focus of the Government is to improve the quality of life of the elderly and the condition of workers. In that context, several measures are being taken to improve their standard of living, said the Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, yesterday, during a ceremony marking the 52nd anniversary of the Human Service Trust (HST) in Calebasses.
  • Wed - Aug 14, 2019: #MauritiusLeaks Reveals Tax Dodges - AllAfrica News: Mauritius
    [AfricaFocus] "Based on a cache of 200,000 confidential records from the Mauritius office of the Bermuda-based offshore law firm Conyers Dill & Pearman, the investigation reveals how a sophisticated financial system based on the island is designed to divert tax revenue from poor nations back to the coffers of Western corporations and African oligarchs, with Mauritius getting a share. The files date from the early 1990s to 2017." - International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
  • Wed - Aug 14, 2019: Roof Slab Grant Scheme - 149 Beneficiaries Receive Cheques Totalling Rs 11.8 Million - AllAfrica News: Mauritius
    [Government of Mauritius] One hundred and forty-nine families received their cheques, amounting to a total of Rs 11.8 million disbursed by Government under the Roof Slab Grant Scheme, during a ceremony held yesterday at the Plaza Hall, Rose Hill. The Minister of Housing and Lands, Mr Purmanund Jhugroo, and other personalities were present.