Mauritus: Dynamic island economy

Reflecting the size of the country and its geographiclocation (island status), the economy is vulnerable to external shocks because of its relative openness and requirement to import a high proportion of food and energy requirements. In addition, economic growth is dependent on the export sector, which is oriented towards developed markets in Europe and North America. Growth of GDP isestimated at +3.5% in 2012, down from +4.1% in2011 and compared with a long-term annualaverage of +4.5%.