The Fifth Pillar of Mauritius’ Economy

Mauritius has embraced Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as a pivotal driver of economic growth, positioning it as the fifth pillar of the economy and a regional ICT hub. The national vision focuses on transforming Mauritius into an information-based society, leveraging ICT to enhance global competitiveness and efficiency across sectors.

Government Initiatives

The government has implemented comprehensive strategies to foster ICT development, aiming to establish Mauritius as a Cyber Island. Key initiatives include:

  • Maximising ICT Integration: Integrating ICT into businesses for global competitiveness and enhancing public sector efficiency.
  • Robust Infrastructure: Supported by robust telecommunication infrastructure, state-of-the-art business park facilities, a conducive legal framework, and competitive incentive programs.
  • Human Resource Development: Programs to ensure a skilled workforce capable of meeting industry demands.

Connectivity and Legislation

Mauritius benefits significantly from its connection to the South Africa Far East (SAFE) fibre optic network, which links Europe and the Far East via South Africa. This infrastructure backbone strengthens Mauritius’ ICT capabilities, facilitating seamless connectivity and data exchange essential for ICT-driven enterprises. Legislation such as the Electronic Transaction Act promotes e-business and e-commerce, providing a secure legal framework for digital transactions and fostering a conducive environment for ICT innovation and entrepreneurship.

Incentives and Global Presence

The government offers a range of fiscal and non-fiscal incentives to attract IT firms to establish operations in Mauritius. These incentives support startups and encourage high-tech companies to choose Mauritius as their regional hub. Major global players like Microsoft, IBM, and HP have established a presence in Mauritius, leveraging its strategic location, supportive business environment, and skilled workforce.

Future Prospects

Looking forward, Mauritius continues to enhance its ICT ecosystem through ongoing infrastructure investments, policy refinement, and skills development initiatives. By nurturing a vibrant ICT sector, Mauritius aims to drive economic diversification, create job opportunities, and reinforce its position as a leading ICT hub in the region. As technology evolves, Mauritius remains committed to staying at the forefront of ICT innovation and digital transformation, ensuring sustainable growth and competitiveness in the global digital economy.


Through strategic investments and initiatives, Mauritius has established itself as a regional ICT hub, driving economic growth and diversification. With a continued focus on innovation and digital transformation, Mauritius is well-positioned to maintain its leadership in the global digital economy.