A Tiger Is Born Off Africa...And Its Claws May Get SharperChris Hall
The guard at Plaisance Airport stares silently at the tourist who has just asked: "Is Mauritius in Africa, or is it in Asia?" It's a tough question. Politically and geographically, this clump of rock in the Indian Ocean is part of Africa. Culturally, it's a muddle: Over 60% of the 1.1 million Mauritians are of Indian descent, and most islanders prefer to speak French or Creole over English, the official language. But economically, the island looks more like Asia, having undergone a "Mauritius Miracle" in the 1980s that pushed per capita income to $3,005 in 1995, among the highest in Africa.
To continue reading this article you must be a Bloomberg Professional Service Subscriber.
If you believe that you may have received this message in error please let us know.