The agricultural sector was severely hit by the drought and recorded a negative growth rate of 26.4% in 1999. The industrial sector which
accounts for about one third of GDP achieved a commendable average growth rate of 5% in the last five years. This is mainly due to the good performance of the EPZ sector. The services sector which
contributes to some 58.5% to GDP grew at annual rate of 6%. It should be noted that public and social services account to some 16.5% of GDP.
The EPZ sector which spearheaded industrial development in Mauritius in the 1980s has sustained its growth momentum between 1995 and 2001
with an average rate of 6.2%. FPZ is the major contributor to employment in Mauritius absorbing 17% of the labour force. Employment rose by 13%