Island in the sun

2008-05-19 00:00

Picture-perfect Mauritius, Africa’s rare equivalent of the East Asian economic tigers, with an admirable record of relative political stability, offers a glimmer of hope for the continent amid the gloom of all too frequent political and economic failure.

Mauritius has determinedly changed itself from a country overly dependent on tourism, textile and sugar production, into a thriving manufacturing and service hub. This was achieved by visionary leadership single-mindedly pursuing development and a deeply held national consensus, spanning the political and racial divide, that unless the economy should grow equitably quickly, the tiny island would be doomed. The former premier Anerood Jugnauth and his Militant Socialist Movement, mostly credited for Mauritius’s turnaround, styled the island’s economy on that of Singapore, the dynamic East Asian tiger. Mauritius is also an African pioneer in implementing successful political and economic empowerment programmes. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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