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Vol 6 (AAC) No 12

Published 1st October 2013


Mauritius

Mega-projects and mega-ghost towns

Millions have been spent, but two big projects backed by Chinese and Indian firms have failed to live up to expectations.

A short drive north out of Port Louis, a new road passes a couple of sugar plantations before signs in both English and Chinese announce your arrival in the Jin Fei Economic and Trade Cooperation Zone. Situated in an area called Riche-Terre, the phantom grid of roads, eerily lined with street lamps, leads nowhere. Mauritius has spent US$23 million on this road infrastructure but the long-awaited Chinese investment in the special economic zone (SEZ) is still to get going and the government seems reluctant to punish its Chinese partners for the slow progress.

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