Mauritius "most competitive economy" in sub-Saharan region

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (center) attends a welcome event upon arrival in Port-Louis, Mauritius for an official visit to that country. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Mauritius is regarded as the "most competitive economy" in sub-Saharan Africa, the UN Secretary-General has said.

Ban Ki-moon made the remarks during a visit to the island nation for an event on Sustainable Development Goals.

Mauritius is also one of the first fifteen countries to sign and ratify the Paris agreement on climate change.

Jocelyne Sambira has more.

Mauritius' economic policies that focus on growth, employment and strong social welfare system are models for others, the UN Chief said.

These initiatives have contributed to helping Mauritius become an upper middle-income country, Ban Ki-moon added.

"Mauritius met almost all the Millennium Development Goals, MDGS, and is regarded as the most competitive economy in the sub-Saharan region. In 2005, Mauritius hosted a critical international conference from which emerged the first global plan on Small Island Developing States for the 21st century – the Mauritius Strategy."

The Secretary-General also visited the world's first immigration office, Aapravasi Ghat and Le Morne Cultural Landscape, a former shelter for runaway slaves.

The two sites are inscribed in UNESCO's World Heritage list.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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