Trade and Market Information
Mauritius is a member of the World Trade Organization and has a great deal of international trade. Because of this Mauritius has a policy of open trade, without customs barriers. Customs duties are relatively low, and the country’s main trading partners are the European Union, India and the United States.
Mauritius’ retail sector is diverse, since it mixes local small shops with markets and superstores. However, the two main types of retail outlets are single stores (with 40% of the market share) and supermarkets (with 50%). Supermarkets have seen strong growth since 1994 and have enjoyed great success due in particular to the quantity of products offered, low prices, convenience and credit facilities. The main stores are Leader Price, GSR, Jumbo Score, Spar, Monoprix, Shoprite, Super U, Supercash, Way and Winner’s.
In terms of the transport of goods, the island’s road network comprises 2,000 kilometres of paved roads and a highway linking the north and south of the country. However, the roads are poorly maintained and are of poor quality.
Employment Legislation in Mauritius
The duration of the working week is usually 45 hours and wages are on average five times lower than in Europe.
Mauritius Political Data
The President of the Republic of Mauritius (Kailash Purryag) is the head of State, but executive power is held by the Prime Minister (Navin Ramgoolam). Legislative power is exercised by the Parliament, the members of which are elected for five years.