Despite the overall good democratic record of Mauritius, new rules prohibiting blasphemy and providing special protection for judges against criticism contravene international standards on freedom of expression.

Statistics show a slight increase in economic growth over the last years, and the country’s current account deficit is expected to remain smaller than in recent years. It has particularly strengthened relations with Asian countries, and China and India in particular, and is seen as a gateway for investment in Africa.

Mauritius’s governments have shown creativity in the past at adapting to new geopolitical and geo-economic circumstances and strengthened its strategic position as a business-friendly country and bridge between Asia and Africa.

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