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Mauritius rated most competitive in sub-Saharan Africa

05 September 2013, 17:30

Port Louis, Mauritius - Mauritius has become the most competitive nation in sub-Saharan Africa, according to a freshly published report by the World Economic Forum (WEF).

The Indian Ocean island state jumped nine positions to 45th out of the 148 countries in the 2013-2014 global ranking report on competitiveness released by the WEF on Tuesday.

The remarkable progress brought Mauritius ahead of South Africa, which had previously taken the top position in terms of competitiveness in sub-Saharan Africa.

In the latest report, Mauritius was followed by South Africa (53), Botswana (74), the Seychelles (80), Namibia (90), Zambia (93) , Kenya (96) and Gabon (112).

Mauritius ranked 39th out of the 148 for having strong public institutions and 29th for upholding intellectual property rights and having an independent judiciary.

The country stood at the position 14 when compared in the promotion of the private sector and the protection of investors.

"The country's infrastructure is well developed when looked at from the regional standards (50th), especially its ports, air transport and roads," the WEF said, adding that the country's labor market was more flexible, taking the 55th globally.

Mauritius had a rating of 92nd in manpower employment and the contribution of women in the economic activities.

It took a backward position of 102nd in the development of scientists and engineers.

- Xinhua

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