1. EOE consist of enterprises previously operating with an EPZ Certificate as well as enterprises manufacturing goods for exports and holding a registration certificate issued by the Board of Investment.
2. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2017, total employment in EOE decreased by 1,034 (-2.0%) from 52,172 to 51,138. Some 525 new jobs were created whilst 1,559 were lost. The job losses were due to the contraction of workforce in some enterprises (-1,442) and to the closure of 5 enterprises (-117). Employment of Mauritians went down by 579 (-2.0%) from 28,973 to 28,394 and that of foreign workers decreased by 455 (-2.0%) from 23,199 to 22,744.
3. EOE exports during the first quarter of 2018 amounted to R 9,853 million, 9.6% lower compared to the fourth quarter of 2017 and 4.9% higher compared to the first quarter of 2017. EOE imports amounted to R 5,911 million, 21.4% lower than the fourth quarter of 2017 and 2.3% higher than the first quarter of 2017.