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Country Partnership Strategy (CPS)

Background on the Country Partnership Strategy for Mauritius, 2007-2013

The Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) is the most important World Bank country document. It is tailored to the needs and circumstances of each country and lays down the World Bank Group's development priorities, as well as the level and type of assistance the Bank will provide over a period of time.

The CPS preparation is a participatory process. Key elements of the strategy are discussed with government representatives; and to ensure the widest possible involvement, public dialogues are also held, with Internet-based discussions taking place in many countries.

Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) for Mauritius, 2007 - 2013

Since independence in 1968, Mauritius has achieved remarkable economic and social success, based on good governance, exceptional use of preferential trade agreements for its sugar and textile exports, and the development of strong tourism and financial services industries. At independence, the country was poor, with a per capita income of about US$260. Today, per capita income is US$5,250, the second highest in sub-Saharan Africa, with good social indicators.

However, Mauritius faces significant economic and social challenges as it transitions from dependence on trade preferences to open competition in the global economy. The country’s challenge is to boost economic growth through higher productivity; develop human capital through education reform to raise skill levels; and promote new emerging sectors and move Mauritius to a more knowledge-based economy while preserving its longstanding commitment to social welfare.

To address these challenges, the government of Mauritius has laid out a plan to return Mauritius to a high growth path and to protect Mauritians who are negatively affected by the transition. The government’s reform program has four pillars:

(i) Fiscal consolidation and improved public sector efficiency;
(ii) Improving trade competitiveness;
(iii) Improving the investment climate; and
(iv) Democratizing the economy through participation, social inclusion and sustainability.

The 2007-2013 CPS is based on three guiding principles:

(i) alignment with the government program;
(ii) flexibility; and
(iii) harmonization.

It has been developed in close collaboration with the government of Mauritius and the European Union to ensure that it responds to the country’s emerging needs, and reflects a coherent approach among Mauritius’s major development partners. The CPS takes as a starting point the four pillars of the government’s strategy. Details of the Bank Group’s program in Mauritius will be set out each year in an Annual Business Plan (ABP). The ABP will be developed in parallel with the government’s annual planning and budgets processes to ensure that the Bank is fully in step with Mauritius’s development agenda and with other donors’ support.

For more information, please refer to the Mauritius Country Partnership Strategy (pdf, 5.2 mb).

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