Sept. 28, 2014 by Darius
[A month ago, I introduced my Poised for the Future Index, a metric which combines improvements in a country’s levels of educational attainment, its corruption levels, and its political stability to identify countries that seem positioned for strong economic growth in the future. See https://notwhatyoumightthink.wordpress.com/2014/08/31/thinking-aloud-poised-for-the-future-a-new-growth-index/ for more information.]
Mauritius, one of the countries that does quite well on the Poised for the Future Index, does not get much attention. In fact, I would wager that most people don’t know where it is or confuse it with Mauritania.
Mauritius is a small island nation in the Indian Ocean, lying to the east of Madagascar and considered to be part of Africa. It has a small population of about 1.3 million people. Since 2005, according to the UN Education Index, Mauritius’s education system has improved by a respectable 14%.
Mauritius’s economy is based on textile manufacturing, tourism, and offshore finance. It has won “best beach” awards and is rated by the World Bank as 19th in the world in “ease of doing business.” Transparency International ranks Mauritius as the 52nd least corrupt country in the world, better than Italy, for example.
Politically, Mauritius is rated by Freedom House as “free,” is considered “stable” on the Fund for Peace’s Fragile States Index, and is a part of the British Commonwealth. It is a parliamentary democracy and considered by many to be the most democratic nation in Africa.
If Mauritius is still here in 50 years as sea levels rise, it sounds like a sure winner for the future. 🙂