GIS - 29 December 2014: Export Oriented Enterprises (EOE) imports amounted to Rs 7,427 million, 11.9% higher compared to the second quarter of 2014 but 3.0% lower compared to the third quarter of 2013, according to the latest figures released by Statistics Mauritius in its December 2014 (3rd Quarter 2014) issue of the Economic and Social Indicators.
EOE consists of enterprises previously operating with an EPZ certificate as well as those manufacturing goods for exports and holding a registration certificate issued by the Board of Investment.
Figures also show that the exports of EOE amounted to Rs 12,136 million, 3.0% lower compared to the second quarter of 2014 but 0.5% higher compared to the third quarter of 2013.
As reported to Statistics Mauritius following the coming into operation of a new enterprise producing bone substitutes for orthopaedic and dental surgery, the total number of export-oriented enterprises operating at the end of September 2014 was 312.
Compared to the second quarter of 2014, total employment in EOE decreased by 222 (-0.4%) from 55,320 (25,409 males and 29,911 females) to 55,098 (25,575 males and 29,523 females). Employment of Mauritians went down by 579 (-1.8%) from 32,801 to 32,222, while employment of foreign workers increased by 357 (+1.6%) from 22,519 to 22,876.
Some 711 new jobs were created during the third quarter of 2014, whilst 933 were lost. The job losses were due to the contraction of workforce in some enterprises.
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