Mauritius is located in the Indian Ocean, approximately 500 miles from the eastern coast of Madagascar. It is a volcanic island with an area of 787 square miles. Mauritius was subject to British governance for 158 years, until it gained independence on 12 March 1968. Nowadays it is part of the British Commonwealth of Nations.
Mauritius is one of the countries that have a legal system based on the French and British jurisdictions.
The Mauritian economy, initially poor and based mainly on agriculture, has now developed into a middle-income country, and has diversified the sources of its income by putting greater emphasis on the industrial, financial and tourist sectors. The island has become a famous world offshore services centre with numerous banks and financial institutions.
The World Bank 2016 ”Ease of Doing Business Index” for particular countries, which covers 8 consecutive years, ranks Mauritius first among African countries, and 32nd among the 189 described countries from all over the world, which makes it an economic leader among the Sub-Saharan states.