Mauritius: A Glimmer of African Hope

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Bob Dylan Roof
A small victory for the proponents of the neo-classical theory of national development.

Mauritius: A Glimmer of African Freedom

Without a doubt, the nation of Mauritius is the freest country that you've never heard of — indeed, it is the freest country in all of Africa.
Located far off the east coast of Africa, just east of Madagascar, Mauritius is an island that rests on the west side of the Indian Ocean.

With a population of about 1.3 million people living on a little more than 2,000 square kilometers, Mauritius's citizens enjoy a temperate climate, beautiful scenery, and a life in one of Africa's least corrupt countries, according to Transparency International. Most of Mauritius's citizens work primarily in sugar, tourism, textiles, and the growing financial sector. Nobel laureate and writerJ.M.G. Le Clézio even calls Mauritius home.

Arab and Malay sailors first happened upon Mauritius in the 10th century, but it was not until the 16th century that the West found it. First settled by the Dutch, the French took control of the island in 1715, and the British took control in 1810.

Finally, Mauritius gained its independence from the United Kingdom in 1968 and grew into what it has become today — a model of freedom for the continent of Africa.

The burgeoning economy of Mauritius stands out by being ranked 12th by the Heritage Foundation on their 2011 Index of Economic Freedom — just below Chile and just above Luxembourg. The index ranks nations based on freedom in categories such as business, taxes, money, finance, and labor.

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I was there in December. They are trying to turn it into a Cyber Island ; it is well on its way, as they started on the project years ago (Even before I left, I was hearing about the project, and that was 7 years ago). It's an attempt to diversify their sources of revenue.

Dr. Heywood R. Floyd

Is Mauritius really part of Africa in anything akin to a meaningful sense, or is some cartographic protocol being used to make us think differently about an entire damn continent? I'm happy for the people of Mauritius, if things are working out for them, but what the Hell does that have to do with the continent located several hundred miles west of them?

Mauritius joined the Southern African Development Community (SADC), but it is independent, so that would be the association, I suppose. That is mostly for trade and economic betterment though. Mauritius has strong ties with India too. In fact, the majority of its population is of Indian descent.
Dr. Heywood R. Floyd

Mauritius is pretty clearly a maritime outpost of South Asia.