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Since obtaining independence from the British in 1968 after more than four centuries of colonial rule by a succession of counties, the island of Mauritius established itself as one of the most stable and prosperous countries in Africa. With a per capita income of $13,200, Mauritius is the 72nd richest nation in the world. The economy is diversified, and the industrial, financial, and tourist sectors are expanding. With more than 9,000 offshore entities, investments in the banking sector have passed the $1 billion mark. Even though arable land (49.02 percent) and fish are the island's only natural resources, only 14 percent of the workforce are engaged in these industries.

As the island has flourished economically, the standard of living has risen for most Mauritians. All of ...

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