April 4, 2017 / 3:31 PM / 6 months ago

Big jump in foreign direct investment in Mauritius -central bank

PORT LOUIS, April 4 (Reuters) - Foreign direct investment in Mauritius grew 41 percent in 2016 to 13.64 billion rupees ($388.8 million), thanks to investment in real estate, financial and insurance activities, official data showed on Tuesday.

Foreign investment in real estate led with a total of 9.93 billion rupees followed by financial and insurance activities with 2.15 billion rupees, the central bank said.

“About a third of the direct investment inflows originated from France (4.49 billion rupees), while those from China (2.44 billion) represented 17.9 percent of the total,” the bank said in a statement.

Famed for its white sandy beaches and luxury spas, the Indian Ocean island nation is diversifying its economy away from sugar, textiles and tourism into offshore banking, business outsourcing, luxury real estate and medical tourism. ($1 = 35.0800 Mauritius rupees) (Reporting by Jean Paul Arouff; Editing by George Obulutsa and Andrew Bolton)

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