For the first time, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) has published its Economic and Social Indicators on Governance Statistics.
In a previous survey done in terms of good governance in relation to other countries in Africa, the Mo Ibrahim Index had focused on four areas. These were Safety and Rule of Law, Participation and Human Rights, Sustainable Economic Opportunity and Human Development.
Mauritius had registered an index of 83.0 in 2008-09 with the highest in Safety and Rule of Law where it scored an index of 90.2 and lowest on Participation and Human Rights with an index of 77.5.
In terms of freedom of the press, Mauritius was labelled as a country where the press is free. It was ranked 58 out of 196 countries in terms of press freedom in 2009. It is among the 35 per cent of countries that boast of a free press.
The report also mentioned that between 2004 to 2009, the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) received 900 complaints on an average. According to the 2010 Corruption Perceptions Index, Mauritius obtained an index of 5.4 and was ranked 39 out of 178 countries when ranked from low to high corruption level.
The Economic Competitiveness Index (ECI) ) is used to assess the economic competitiveness of a country in relation to quality of a country’s institutions, technology and infrastructure.
Mauritius has an index of 4.32 and was 55th out of 139 countries ranked from high to low in terms of competitiveness. In sub-Saharan Africa, Mauritius is second only to South Africa. It also focussed on gender equality, public services and social stability.