A census of production was first carried out by the Statistics Mauritius in 1964 followed by another one in 1968. However, those two censuses were restricted to the manufacturing sector only. In 1985, following the need for comprehensive data on the characteristics and structure of production units in the different sectors of the economy, the census was extended to all sectors except agriculture. The 1985 Census was followed by another one in 1992. Since then, the census known as the Census of Economic Activities (CEA) has been conducted every five years.
The Central Statistics Office conducted its fourth Census of Economic Activities (CEA 2002) from January 2002 to June 2004, with 2002 as reference year. The main objective of the CEA which is conducted every five years, is to collect up-to-date data on the operating characteristics and structure of units engaged in all economic activities, except agriculture, undertaken in the Republic of Mauritius.
CEA 2002 was carried out in two phases. The first phase, which covered the “small” non-agricultural establishments, i.e. those engaging less than 10 persons inclusive of own account and unpaid family workers, and itinerant units was conducted from January to December 2002. The second phase, directed to the “large” establishments, i.e. those engaging ten or more persons, was carried out from July 2003 to June 2004.
Kind of Data
Census/enumeration data [cen]
Unit of Analysis
Small and large non-agricultural establishments
Version 02: This study desciption is identifical to version 01 except, access conditions were updated and datasets as well as external documents were added.
Version 02 (August 2020): This DDI is identifical to version 01 except, access conditions were updated and datasets as well as external documents were added.
Producers and sponsors
Central Statistics Office
Ministry of Finance and Economic Development
Based on the accuracy of results obtained from the previous exercise in 1997 and optimizing on resources available, the sample size for the survey was set to 3000 production units for the Island of Mauritius and 200 for Rodrigues.
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Mr. S. Mungralee
Ms N. Gujadhur
Confidentiality of the survey respondents and the sensitive information they provide is necessary to ensure the greatest degree of survey participation, integrity and confidence in the quality of the data. Surveys are usually carried out in cooperation with business organizations and government agencies promoting job creation and economic growth, but confidentiality is never compromised.
Use of the dataset must be acknowledged using a citation which would include:
- the Identification of the Primary Investigator
- the title of the survey (including country, acronym and year of implementation)
- the survey reference number
- the source and date of download
Statistics Mauritius. Census of Economic Activities (CEA) 2002-2004. Ref. MUS_2002_CEA_v01_M. Dataset downloaded from http://statsmauritius.gov.mu on [date].
Disclaimer and copyrights
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