Mauritius ICT sector maintains rapid growth By LINLEY BIGNOUX in Port Louis | Friday, August 30   2013 at  17:49

Information technology and services is a key driver of the Mauritian economy. FILE | AFRICA REVIEW 

Mauritius' ICT industry is witnessing 9.5 per cent growth that is generating over $1 billion towards the island nation’s economy, while service-based exports are valued at $147 million.

Figures released by the Mauritian National Computer Board indicate the industry has sustained a constant annual growth rate of 38 per cent since 2007.

Presently there are around 18,000 professionals in the industry servicing clients globally, up from the 13,000 employed in 2012. The professionals include software developers, PC retailers and network security specialists to name a few.

Overall involvement of the sector in the Mauritian economy is expected to grow to 8 per cent by 2015, and expected to create approximately 25,000 jobs.

The statistics indicate that the ITC industry generated $1.73 billion last year, contributing 6.4 per cent to GDP.

The statistics also show that revenues from business networks development and web design services rose by 6 per cent from $587,556 in 2011 to $622,000 in 2012.

There are 575 such companies operating in the country presently, up from only 70 registered back in 2002.

A 54 per cent expansion was recorded in internet users, with 568,700 broadband internet subscribers. In 2011 there were just 370,000 subscribers in the island nation.

The Mauritian ICT industry's continued growth can be attributed to numerous local and multinational firms focusing on support and consultancy services.

The industry has been a key revenue earner over the years for the island nation.