Port-Louis, Mauritius - The Mauritius Freeport Authority launched Saturday the second phase of its project of creating a platform for electronic commerce in the island at a cost of 225 million rupees.
The 10,000 square metres to house the centre will be built at a place called Mer Rouge, near the port of Port-Louis.
The centre will offer integrated services in telephony and information technology as from the end of 2001.
Meanwhile, the authority indicated in its annual report that its turn-over went up from 6.5 billion rupees in 1997/98 to 7.1 billion rupees in 1998/99 and 7.2 billion rupees in 1999/2000.
Officials at the authority said Madagascar was the biggest client for Mauritius with imports worth 1.2 billion rupees followed by Singapore (350 million rupees), and Hong-Kong (200 million rupees) in 1999/2000.
China (330 million rupees), India (198 million rupees), Hong-Kong (177 million rupees) and Pakistan (100 million rupees) were the main suppliers of goods.
The main products transiting through the Freeport were textile and its allied products, electronic goods, pharmaceutical products, cars and spare parts.