Mauritius Weather

Region : Sub-Saharan Africa
Income category : Upper middle income
Population : 1,253,434
GNI per capita : (US$) 5,450.00

About Business in Mauritius

 

Business in Mauritius brings together Mauritian and overseas companies into one website allowing both existing and potential clients, buyers, sellers, employers, employees and students to find information about local and global businesses. We even have live news reports (both text and video) from Sky and BBC keeping you continuously updated with the latest developments throughout the day.

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About Mauritius
Mauritius lies in the southern Indian Ocean to the east of Madagascar; it became a republic in 1992 and comprises four islands: Mauritius, Rodrigues, Saint Brandon, and Agalega. With the exception of its coral reefs and beaches, the land area of 710 square miles (1,865 sq km.) is of volcanic origin. The other islands comprise another 67 square miles (175 sq km.) of land area. About 90% of the cultivated land area is devoted to sugar cane.
The climate is defined as sub-tropical; winter temperatures average between 17 C and 24 C and summer temperatures between 24 C and 30 C. Rainfall in summer (November to May) averages 51" (140mm) per month. Therefore, humidity levels rarely dip below 60%, peaking at 70% plus from February to April when the rainfall is highest. Winter rainfall averages 2" (50mm) per month with humidity levels around 60%.
The time zone is 4 hours ahead of GMT, 9 hours ahead of EST. Mauritius is served by SSR International Airport at Plaisance, which is 45 kilometres south east from the capital Port Louis; ten international airlines operate from here. Port Louis, the capital, is the only port and is served by 25 international shipping lines.
 
The population of Mauritius is 1,24m (July, 2006 est), of which 150,000 live in Port Louis. The official language is English, although Creole, French, Hindi, Urdu, Hakka and Bojpoori are also spoken. Arab traders were the first to land on Mauritius during the 14th and 15th centuries, however, the island was too far off their trade routes for them to form a settlement, as thought also the Portugese explorers who came after them.
The island was colonised for the first time by the Dutch in the 17th century; in the latter half of that century there was a wave of French immigrants who brought their African slaves with them. Britain took over Mauritius in 1810, abolishing slavery in 1835. To replace slave labour, indentured labourers were introduced, until this practice too was stopped by the British in 1922. After this, immigrants continued to arrive from Asia but not in the same numbers as during the indentured years. Ethnically, about two-thirds of the population is Indo-Mauritian, and most of the remainder are Creole. About half of the population is Hindu, with 28% Christian and 17% Muslim.
Mauritius gained independence from Britain in 1968 and with it lost the Diego Garcia Archipelago; this is still a source of dispute. Tourist numbers have steadily increased from 150,000 in 1985 to 825,000 expected in 2006, heralding a boom in hotel building. Mauritius is a member of the Association of Francophone Countries, The British Commonwealth, and the UN.
Ease of  
Doing Business 2008 rank
 
Doing Business 2007 rank
 
Change in rank
 
Doing Business   27   27   +3  
Starting a Business   8   32   +24  
Dealing with Licenses   33   42   +9  
Employing Workers   61   60   -1  
Registering Property   153   158   +5  
Getting Credit   97   94   -3  
Protecting Investors   11   11   0  
Paying Taxes   11   11   0  
Trading Across Borders   17   16   -1  
Enforcing Contracts   78   71   -7  
Closing a Business   66   67   +1  
               
 
The challenges of launching a business are shown below. Included are: the number of steps entrepreneurs can expect to go through to launch, the time it takes on average, and the cost and minimum capital required as a percentage of gross national income (GNI) per capita.
 
 
Indicator  
Mauritius
 
Region
 
OECD
 
Procedures (number)   6   10.8   6.0  
Duration (days)   7   56.3   14.9  
Cost (% GNI per capita)   5.3   148.1   5.1  
Paid in Min. Capital (% of GNI per capita)   0.0   188.8   32.5  
               
Dealing with Licenses
 
Shown below are the procedures, time, and costs to build a warehouse, including obtaining necessary licenses and permits, completing required notifications and inspections, and obtaining utility connections.
 
 
Indicator  
Mauritius
 
Region
 
OECD
 
Procedures (number)   18   18.1   14.0  
Duration (days)   107   262.5   153.3  
Cost (% of income per capita)   43.3   2,549.2   62.2  
               
Employing Workers
 
The difficulties that employers face in hiring and firing workers are shown below. Each index assigns values between 0 and 100, with higher values representing more rigid regulations. The Rigidity of Employment Index is an average of the three indices.
 
 
Indicator  
Mauritius
 
Region
 
OECD
 
Difficulty of Hiring Index   0   41.7   25.2  
Rigidity of Hours Index)   20   43.9   39.2  
Difficulty of Firing Index   50   42.2   27.9  
Rigidity of Employment Index   23   42.6   30.8  
Nonwage labor cost (% of salary)   6   12.3   20.7  
Firing costs (weeks of wages)   35   68.3   25.7