Mauritius is one of Africa’s most exotic and extremely popular island destinations. It lies just off the African continent in the east and is surrounded by the magnificent Indian Ocean. The island not only enjoys an excellent climate, but also has some beautiful natural landscapes, mountain terrains and exquisite fauna and flora. It is populated with an estimate of only over 1.2 million people. The humble population is made up of various nationalities speaking several languages including French, English, and Mauritian Creole, Mauritian Sign Language as well as other languages such as Telugu, Tamil, Urdu, Chinese (Mandarin and Hakka), Gujarati and Bhojpuri.
Some of the earliest records show that the island of Mauritius was still uninhabited by civilisation. It is said that some of the island’s first inhabitants were sailors, as records reported wax tablets found in the region. In medieval times Arab sailors made their way to the island and as early as the 1500’s Mauritius was discovered by some Portuguese sailors who established a base there.
The island was inhabited by the Dutch between years 1638-1710; its name was also inspired by Prince Maurice Van Nassau, they established some agriculture and farmed with animals but later abandoned their ambitions of making more of the island in 1710. The French later followed suit and inhabited the island in 1715, and re named it to Isle de France and continued the sugar cane industry that the Dutch began as well as other infrastructural developments such as the Chaussée in Port Louis. The French also captured and imprisoned a British cartographer during their rule and bought slaves from Africa and Madagascar. In later years, conflict and war between the French and British which later resulted in the country name reverting to Mauritius and from 1810-1968 British administration took place. Slavery was also abolished in 1835.
Many events took place before independence in 1968.
Mauritius is a member of The Commonwealth of Nations and Francophonie. The country is one of the most sought after holiday destinations each year amongst many visitors. Tourism is one of the country’s largest economic sectors.
Business opportunities & economy
Mauritius has a grown its economy and now showcases a middle income diverse economy and utilises renewable energy. According to recent reports by the Human Development Index, Mauritius is ranked as a middle income economy. There is lots of opportunity for foreign investment within the country with major industries being Agriculture, healthcare, hospitality and property development, life science, logistics, smart cities, logistics and manufacturing is simply to name a few.
Expatriates will find that there are job opportunities in various sectors for qualified individuals.
In Mauritius the life expectancy is an estimate 75 years old. The island has government and private hospitals
Mauritius has an estimate of 89% adult literacy as one of the government’s major investments is in education, providing free education to citizens from primary through to tertiary, with O and A level exams. There are also international schools available.
The country has a very intricate system for immigration and doing business, specifically because of the excellent terms it offers regarding tax and intellectual property. Contact us for more information and to start work on your immigration to Mauritius.