Developments in the
At the beginning of the 20th century, Mauritius enjoyed a sugar boom. As time went by, economic performance being a main concern, centralisation of the sugar industry was becoming apparent. Mauritius became Independent in 1968 and a Republic in 1992.
Over and above its importance in the development of Mauritius, since its introduction by the Dutch in the 17th century, the sugar industry contributes in the 21st century, together with the tourist, textile and financial sectors, to the country's economic growth