29 March, 2007

Hurrah for Mauritius!

While Zimbabwe is in turmoil and Angola is immensely rich in oil and other natural resources, and yet, still remains to be one of the poorest lands on earth - one African country continues to grow and give its people hope, even with the few resources that it has: Mauritius. Mauritius is a success story. The tiny Indian Ocean island in southern Africa continues to be in great contrast to most African states. What they say about the island state:

"The island has maintained one of the developing world's most successful democracies and has enjoyed years of constitutional order." And it "has preserved its image as one of Africa's few social and economic success stories." BBC News

"Its population is educated, hard working and governed democratically with sound economic policies. Mauritius has a free market economy with positive economic growth, almost full employment and a favourable balance of payments position." Mbendi

"The Mauritian economy has undergone remarkable transformations since independence. From a poor country with high unemployment exporting mainly sugar and buffeted by the vagaries of world demand, Mauritius has become relatively prosperous and diverse, although not without problems." Country Studies

"Since independence in 1968, Mauritius has developed from a low-income, agriculturally based economy to a middle income diversified economy with growing industrial, financial, and tourist sectors. For most of the period, annual growth has been of the order of 5% to 6%. This has been reflected in increased life expectancy, lowered infant mortality and a much improved infrastructure.

Estimated at $16.28 billion for 2005, Mauritius has the 2nd highest GDP per capita in Africa. It is only exceeded by Equatorial Guinea, which derives most of its revenue from oil exports." Wikipedia

"Mauritius lies at the end of the rainbow." National Geographic News

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