Mauritius is a country which can boast of having one of the best infrastructures in Africa. It has a population of 1.2 million with the main languages being English, French and Creole.
The textile and clothing industry of Mauritius is into knitwear, kids’ wear, trousers etc. But knitwear is where it excels in and enjoys international prowess. Mauritius has quite a few vertically integrated units. The country is developing the capability and capacity to cater to the needs of global buyers especially US buyers.
Over the years its cost of manufacturing is going up and part of the supply chain is shifting to Madagascar for exploiting the cost arbitrage as it continues to have some tariff advantage through trade pacts like AGOA. The USP of Mauritius is the reliability and credibility it has built in its buyers’ community which is the holy grail of its continued relevance to the ever changing sourcing landscape.
Enterprise Mauritius, the promotion agency for Mauritius’ textile and clothing industry, is one of the exhibitors at ISEA November 2017.