Mauritius an India Ocean Island nation is known for its beaches. The Indian workers started working in Mauritius since 1920 at the sugarcane plantations. The Mahatma Gandhi Institute was established in 1970 as a joint venture between Government of India and Mauritius. The Indo Mauritian relations refers to the historical, political, economic, military, social and cultural connections between the Republic of India and Republic of Mauritius.

The currency is Mauritian rupee and official language spoken are French and English.

Port Louis is the country’s economic, cultural, political centre and a populous city. India is Mauritius largest trading partner and has been the largest exporter of goods to Mauritius since 2007.

Important sectors

  • Tourism:

Tourism in Mauritius is growing at a fast rate contributing to the foreign exchange earnings. A blend of different races, cultures and religions, live in Mauritius. Many luxurious hotels are available for tourists, millions of tourists visit Mauritius every year.

  • Agricultural:

One of the major activity of the people of Mauritius is agriculture. A large number of people are employed in agriculture and agriculture related jobs.

  • Information and communication technology:

Mauritius is one of the African countries with the highest telecommunication density. It also has an entirely digital network.

The Public Sector Enterprises functioning in Mauritius are The Bank of Baroda (BoB), Life Insurance Corporation (LIC), and New India Assurance Corporation (NIAC) were the first to establish operations, followed by other PSUs including India Handloom House, Telecommunications Consultant India Ltd (TCIL), Indian Oil (Mauritius) Limited (IOML), Mahanagar Telephone (Mauritius) Ltd. and State Bank of India (Mauritius) Limited.

  • Small and Medium Sectors

In emerging countries like Mauritius, SMEs tend to contribute more to the total employment and hence, economic growth. A dynamic SME sector helps in the success of developing economies by bringing innovative products and good techniques to capture the market. The number of SMEs in Mauritius has been increasing at a great pace.

  • Industrial Clusters :

Textiles, Clothing, Information Technology, Food products. 

  • India’s exports to Mauritius

The Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd (MRPL) and the State Trading Corporation of Mauritius  supply all petroleum requirements of Mauritius besides petroleum products, pharmaceuticals, cereals, cotton, electrical machinery and apparel & clothing accessories were main items of India’s exports to Mauritius.

  • India’s imports from Mauritius

Iron and steel, pearls, precious/semi- precious stones and optical, photographic and precision instruments are main items imports.

Trade Statistics

In FY 2012-2013, India exported goods worth US$ 1.31 bn. and imported goods worth US$ 28.49 mn.

FY 2013-14, India’s export was US$ 295 mn., representing over 25% of total import of Mauritius. Mauritius has been a largest source of FDI equity flow to India. The cumulative FDI equity inflows from Mauritius to India during April 2000-May 2014reached US$ 80,808 bn., amounting to 36 % of the total FDI flows into India over this period.During FY 2012-13, FDI equity inflows were US$ 9.497 billion.

In FY 2014-2015 India exported goods worth US$ 1.9 billion to Mauritius and imported goods worth US$ 21.19 million from Mauritius.

(Source MEA/MOC)

Chamber of Commerce & Association

The Mauritian Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Port Louis.

Mauritius Export Association (Mexa), Port Louis