The Republic of Mauritius, an Indian Ocean island state, has developed into a regional hub for financial services and was the top-ranked African country in the 2013 World Bank Ease of Doing Business Report. It was also ranked as Africa's most competitive economy in the World Economic Forum's report for 2014, having risen twenty places in six years.
The population of Mauritius is approximately 1.3 million (2013) and 90 per cent speak Mauritian Creole although both English and French are commonly used. At 30,000 (2011), Australia is home to the largest Mauritian diaspora outside Mauritius. It is a member of the Commonwealth and an active player in global affairs. Both the Indian Ocean Rim Association and the Indian Ocean Commission have their headquarters in Mauritius which is also a member of the Commonwealth and the Southern African Development Community.
Australia maintains a High Commission in Port Louis, Mauritius. Mauritius is represented in Australia by a High Commission in Canberra while Mauritius has three Honorary Consuls in Australia, based in Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth.
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