- Welcome to Mauritius
- Mauritius in the Commonwealth
- Mauritius became a member of the Commonwealth in 1968
- Mauritius became an independent country on the 12th of March 1968
- Mauritius has been involved in the Commonwealth Games since 1958, and has won eight medals over this period of time
- Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, a Frenchman whose parents originated from Mauritius, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2008
- Scholarships and fellowships are awarded by Mauritius to citizens of other Commonwealth countries under the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan
- Mauritius has the highest life expectancy in Africa (73 years)
- No country in Africa has more telephone landlines per capita than Mauritius – 285 for every 1,000 inhabitants
- José Maurel, an economist specialising in development finance, became Director of Special Advisory Services, Commonwealth Secretariat, in 2007
- Mustapha Mosafeer, Chair of the Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators
- S C Seeballuck, Secretary to the Mauritian Cabinet and Head of the Civil Service, is a member of the Board of Directors, Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management, which is dedicated to strengthening public management throughout the Commonwealth
- 1997 Commonwealth Finance Ministers Meeting in Le Morne
Dr the Hon. Navinchandra Ramgoolam
Prime Minister, Republic of Mauritius
It gives me great pleasure to address this message to visitors to the ‘Commonwealth of Nations’ website.
Mauritius is known for its natural beauty, its white sandy beaches with turquoise water and lush greenery. As Mark Twain noted ‘You gather the idea that Mauritius was made first and then heaven, and that heaven was copied after Mauritius.’
Mauritius is also blessed with a multi-ethnic society with rich traditions and cultures from Europe, Africa and Asia. The country is a fully functioning democracy with a Westminster system of Government, the rule of law and a constitution which guarantees the protection of individual freedom and human rights. Since independence in 1968, Mauritius has developed from a low-income, agriculture based monocrop economy to a middle income diversified economy with growing industrial, financial and tourist sectors. We are gearing ourselves now to address the challenges of globalisation through a process of innovative steps to further diversify the economy with emphasis on the IT sector which already provides employment opportunities to many young men and women in the country. We are also actively pursuing a project to make Mauritius a sea-food hub in the Indian Ocean region.
I encourage you to explore the “Commonwealth of Nations” Website with a view to finding more about Mauritius and the numerous opportunities which are available to visitors and investors in the country.
Mauritius in the Commonwealth
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Senior Commonwealth officers
Commonwealth meetings hosted
Advisor on Sustainable Development Policy (2007/08)
Technical assistance was provided (on behalf of the Commonwealth Secretariat) to the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) in its role as co-ordinator for the AIMS Region and to promote effective advocacy for the concerns of Commonwealth Small Island Developing States (CSIDS).
Capacity Building in Debt Management (2007/08)
This Commonwealth Secretariat commissioned project addressed the use of CS-DRMS to cover domestic debt management, conducted a national debt portfolio review, and presented a debt sustainability analysis workshop which could feed into a debt management strategy and provide training for staff in various aspects of debt recording and management.
Advisor on Telecommunications (2005/06)
This Commonwealth Secretariat commissioned project, extended for a second year, appointed an advisor to the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications. The introduction of the new National Telecommunications Policy and the privatisation of the telecommunications sector were expected to generate resources and enable widespread access to ICT services in all parts of the country. The advisor provided technical and policy advice on the development of the telecommunications sector in line with the Government’s policies; the formulation of national objectives and strategies, and with the promotion of research and development of new technologies; licensing; tariff interconnection; frequency spectrum; and intellectual property rights. The advisor worked closely with the Director of Telecommunications and provided on-the-job training to other professional staff.
Maritime Boundaries Delimitation (2002)
The Commonwealth Secretariat provided assistance to review and update the national maritime zones legislation of Mauritius. As Mauritius was preparing to begin maritime boundary negotiations with neighbouring states, it was of paramount importance that the legislation conforms to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (1982).
Promoting Export Competitiveness in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (1998)
This Commonwealth funded project prepared a diagnostic report on Small and Medium Sized Enterprises export competitiveness in Mauritius and assisted the government to develop a strategy to monitor its implementation.