Gross Domestic Product: 1993 estimate US$8.6
with growth rate of 5.5 percent, and inflation rate of
Agriculture: Sugar major crop covering more than
percent of cultivated land; more than 500,000 tons
exported under Lomé Convention. Other products: tea, fresh
vegetables, tobacco, cut flowers; livestock raising and
Industry: Industrial development accelerated by
establishment of export processing zones (EPZs) in 1971;
and wearing apparel main products; efforts at
since 1991. Tourism and construction other major
Exports: 1992 EPZ exports estimated at US$1.3
major markets Britain, France, United States, and Germany.
Imports: 1992 imports estimated at US$1.6
major products: manufactured goods, capital equipment,
petroleum products, chemicals; major sources: France,
Africa, Britain, and Japan.
Balance of Payments: 1992 trade deficit US$370
Currency and Exchange Rate: 1 Mauritian rupee
100 cents. January 1994 exchange rate US$1 = MauR17.65.
Fiscal Year: July 1 - June 30.
Fiscal Policy: 1992-94 development plan stressed
private sector and free market, aimed at 6 percent annual
Data as of August 1994