The National Export Strategy (NES) which was launched in March 2017 by the Hon. Pravind Jugnauth, Prime Minister, and Mrs Arancha Gonzalez, Executive Director of ITC, aims to boost the export capacities of the country’s private sector and step up its trade with regional and global markets. It was developed on the basis of the process, methodology and technical assistance of the International Trade Centre (ITC) within the framework of its Trade Development Strategy Programme. The document can be downloaded here.
NES will serve as a blueprint for the private sector to improve its competitiveness and generate higher-value jobs. These will guide Mauritius’ effort to reinvigorate inclusive and sustainable growth through trade.
The Strategy also aims to tackle economy-wide constraints for trade growth and in response sets out five key cross-sector focus areas that will support export development and competitiveness: the internationalisation of SMEs; skills development; innovation; branding and institutional alignment.
The NES identifies seven sectors with high potential for export growth, employment generation and innovation: agro-processed foods; fisheries and aquaculture; medical devices; jewellery; financial services; software development and; cultural tourism.
The MCCI has been one of the main private sector institutions to have contributed to the NES report and formed part of the core team which was set up to oversee and coordinate the NES.