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Manufacturing Industry in MauritiusMauritius developed its textile manufacturing sector to diversify its economy and by the 1980s the share of manufacturing in GDP rose to 25% from 19% in the 1970s. The development of the exportation of textiles and garments complemented the tourism and sugar export industry. However with the expiration of the Multi-Fibre Agreement and the strength of China in the global textile market, Mauritius has had to refine its strategy to find other sources of manufacturing growth. Some of the growth areas in manufacturing include: light processing, electronics, precision engineering, watchmaking, and fine and costume jewellery. Another sector with potential is the production of organic and renewable energy, like wind turbines, solar panels, and bio-fuels through the industrial production of ethanol. With continued diversification, the manufacturing sector can remain a pillar of the economy for the foreseeable future.