Emerging Economic Sectors in Mauritius

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Emerging Economic Sectors in Mauritius

By | August 2012
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EMERGING ECONOMIC SECTORS IN MAURITIUS
INTRODUCTION1

LAND USE2

RENEWABLE ENERGY5

BUSINESS PROCESS OUTSOURCING (BPO)8

MARINE RESOURCES15

MEDIA AND ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY18

BIOTECHNOLOGY AND BIOMEDICAL19

CONCLUSION23

INTRODUCTION

In the recent years the Mauritian economy has seen a lot of diversification with the emergence of several new sectors to add to the traditional sectors that are Sugarcane Industry, Manufacturing and Tourism. The land that was covered with sugarcane is being converted to diverse uses. We are now exploring possibilities of producing energy locally with renewable sources as far as possible. Ebene was formally just a sugarcane field is seeing the emergence of new town where many foreign businesses have outsourced some of their operations, giving rise to very important BPO sector. Developments are coming that extract the full potential of our marine resources with the introduction of land based oceanic industry and other projects to make best use of our marine resources. Also diverse enterprises have emerged in the entertainment field. Mauritius is positioning itself as a medical hub with the arrival of medical institutions like the Apollo Hospital and other institution in the biotechnology and biomedical field. Theses few emerging sectors are detailed below.

LAND USE

Three quarter of the Blue planet is covered with water and the 6 billion people around the world live on the remaining land surface, which is approximately 140 million kmĀ².

For several decades, owing to the rising world population, our land resources are constantly under pressure to supply the increasing demand for the basic needs.

Our land resources are fragile and non-renewable. They include soil for agriculture; land cover for the environment and landscapes which are important for human habitat and wellbeing.

Since 1945, an estimated 1.2 billion hectares of land worldwide have been moderately or...
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