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Prospects for the Textile and Clothing Industry in Mauritius

  • ID: 38738
  • January 2002
  • Region: Mauritius
  • 36 pages
  • Textiles Intelligence
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Research-based report examining the future potential of the textile and clothing industry in Mauritius, taking into consideration such issues as the country’s infrastructure and the industry’s technological development, skills and human resources base, and cost competitiveness

Provides analysis of the main markets and the impact of Agoa on its exports to the important US market

Assesses the effect on the industry of the quota phase-out, escalating costs and offshore manufacturing

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Summary<BR>Introduction<BR>Political and Economic Background<BR>Political and economic development<BR>Export processing zone<BR>Population and culture<BR>Textile and Apparel Industry<BR>Industry size and structure<BR>Labour<BR>Exports and imports<BR>Impact of AGOA (African Growth and Opportunity Act)<BR>Material supplies<BR>Leading manufacturers of cotton yarns<BR>Leading manufacturers of fabrics<BR>Leading apparel items and manufacturers<BR>Development of the Textile and Apparel Industry<BR>Inward Investment<BR>Attractions of Mauritius as an investment location<BR>Outward Investment by Mauritian Companies<BR>Technology<BR>Infrastructure, Transportation and Shipping<BR>Industry Support Organisations and Programmes<BR>Role of the Mauritius industrial development authority (MIDA)<BR>Role of the board of investment<BR>"Made in Mauritius"<BR>Clothing services centre (CSC)<BR>Mauritian International Apparel and Textile Exhibition (MIATEX)<BR>IVTB School of Design<BR>Future Prospects<BR>Competitiveness<BR>The need for a change in international perceptions<BR>Mauritius: a Hong Kong or Singapore of sub-Saharan Africa?<BR>Selected Internet-Based Information Sources<BR>Statistical Appendix<BR><BR>List of tables<BR>Table 1: Mauritius: historical development, 1590-2000<BR>Table 2: Mauritius: key foreign income by sector, 1976&#8209;2000<BR>Table 3: Mauritius: main economic indicators, EPZ sector, 1991&#8209;2001<BR>Table 4: Mauritius: political and economic profile, 2002<BR>Table 5: Mauritius: population and economic indicators, 2000<BR>Table 6: Mauritius: breakdown of population by ethnic group and religion, 2000<BR>Table 7: Mauritius: official holidays<BR>Table 8: Mauritius: EPZ employment by product group and gender, Dec 2000 and Dec 2001<BR>Table 9: Mauritius: main markets for clothing exports, 2000<BR>Table 10: Mauritius: EPZ exports by section and commodity, 2000&#8209;2001<BR>Table 11: Mauritius: main EPZ textile and apparel exports by selected product group and main countries of destination, 2000<BR>Table 12: Mauritius: EPZ exports of four main products to five main countries of destination, 1995&#8209;2000<BR>Table 13: USA: imports of textiles and apparel from Sub-Saharan Africa, 1998-2001<BR>Table 14: Mauritius: exports of garments and leading garment manufacturers by category, May 2002<BR>Table 15: Mauritius and Madagascar: comparative country analysis, 2001<BR>Table 16: Mauritius: EPZ textile and apparel exports to selected European countries by main product group, by value, 2001<BR>Table 17: Mauritius: EPZ textile and apparel exports to selected Sub&#8209;Saharan African countries, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan and the USA by main product group, by value, 2001<BR>Table 18: Mauritius: EPZ textile and apparel exports to selected European countries by main product group, by volume, 2001<BR>Table 19: Mauritius: EPZ textile and apparel exports to selected Sub&#8209;Saharan African countries, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan and the USA by main product group, by volume, 2001<BR>

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In just 30 years, the textile and apparel industry in Mauritius—a small island in the Indian Ocean—has become the world’s second largest fully fashioned knitwear producer, the third largest exporter of pure new wool products, and Europe’s fourth largest supplier of T-shirts.<BR><BR>In the EU, which takes almost two-thirds of exports, Mauritian textile and apparel producers have enjoyed duty- and quota-free access for 37 years under the Lomé Convention and later the Cotonou Agreement. In 2001 Mauritian textiles and apparel companies started to enjoy similar access to the US market under the African Growth<BR>and Opportunity Act (AGOA). However, these benefits depend on the use of materials made in Sub-Saharan Africa or in the USA. Also they do not cover knit-to-shape apparel.<BR><BR>Mauritius now faces growing competition from lower cost suppliers elsewhere in the region and from Asian producers. Furthermore, the country’s quota-free access to the main markets will cease to be a competitive weapon after 2004 when all quotas restricting trade between World Trade Organisation members have to be removed. Some firms are responding by moving their operations offshore, including to nearby Madagascar. Others are diversifying from basic knitted and woven shirts, trousers, jeans and fully fashioned knitwear to items of higher added value. For its part, the government sees a wider role for Mauritius as a “Hong Kong or Singapore of Africa”—a centre for sourcing products from reliable and quality-conscious suppliers.<BR>

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