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Food; a Key Part of the Culture of Mauritius

Incredible food is a big part of the culture in Mauritius. From world-class restaurants to fresh flavours in local cafes, Mauritius has a lot to offer regarding cuisine. There are a few, not so secret, ingredients that make the tastes of the island unique. The first desirable ingredient is the succulent seafood that comes straight from the fresh and calm waters of the Indian Ocean. The second is the sweet, ripe fruit and vegetables that are grown to perfection as a result of damp soil and hot sun. The spices are also an essential part of making the food taste great. The final key element isn’t an ingredient at all; it is the love and passion put into the food by the chefs.

  • Fusion is a big part of the country’s cuisine as the nation is a melting pot of different cultures and ethnicities. Fusion combinations mix everything from French, Indian, Chinese, Creole and other flavours. Some of these fusion combinations are incredibly unique, and it is unlikely you will find them anywhere else. Seafood is typically at the centre of the plate and the delicious dishes.
  • Fresh and tropical flavours are the best ways to describe the fruit and vegetables grown on Mauritian soil. Pineapples, grapefruit and bananas are all fruits that you can find in this country.
  • Bakeries and baked goods are also increasingly popular, with the French to thank for this.
  • Fine dining; there are Michelin star restaurants to be found, despite the island being small and condensed. The quality of the restaurants and the chefs behind them make the food even more flavourful and tasty.

Food is an essential part of any national culture, and more spotlight should be given to the flavours of Mauritius, if, and when, deciding to visit and see the country.

Mauritius’ Financial Sector

Let’s take a look at what Mauritius’ financial sector and economy are made up of and what the country as a whole looks like.

Mauritius hosts several offshore banking facilities which cater to large organizations and wealthy individuals. In addition, there is a development bank and several commercial banks as well. The main bank is the Bank of Mauritius. The country’s stock exchange is based in Port Louis.

In terms of trade, the imported goods are mostly machinery and transport and transportation equipment. Petroleum is also an important asset. Exports are less than imports but are made up of sugar, the countrie’s most famous asset, as well as textiles, fish and seafood products. The partners in the trade of these items include the United Kingdom, France, South Africa, China and more recently, places in North America such as the United States.

Since trade isn’t prominent enough to stimulate and maintain the economy, Mauritius relies heavily on tourism which has been on the rise consistently since the 1970s. This is where a lot of the money and foreign exchange comes from. Tourism has become so prominent that in 2001 there was an agency created called the Information and Communication Technologies Authority to help manage and regulate the tourism and related sectors.

Despite tourism being an increasing economic force, almost 40% of the population are still employed in the finance, services and related sectors. 30% are employed by construction and manufacturing and only 10% remain employed or involved in agriculture.

In addition to tourism, taxation makes a lot of money for Mauritius. The government actually makes 90% of their money from taxes and tax related revenue, namely taxes on goods and services. Trade taxes are a significant source of income as well as is coporate income tax. Overall, the financial sector is complex and segmented.