French overseas territories
There are 12 overseas territories: Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Réunion, Mayotte, New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Saint Barthélemy, Saint-Martin, Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, the French Southern and Antarctic Lands, and the Wallis and Futuna islands, which together have almost 2.6 million inhabitants. Because of its overseas territories, France is the only EU country that is present in three separate oceans. They help consolidate France’s second place worldwide in terms of maritime reach and make a telling contribution to the rollout of the country’s maritime and “blue growth” policies. These territories enshrine the future of energy as they are the “100% renewable energy” forerunners of the energy transition and the promotion of clean transportation.
Mayotte: a crossroadsfor maritime trade between Europe and the Indian Ocean
Located at the northern entrance of the Mozambique Channel and 150 miles from Madagascar, the island of Mayotte has been a crossroads for maritime trade between Europe and the Indian Ocean for centuries. The island’s natural and cultural advantages provide strong potential and the sharp increase in the number of air passengers, together with the introduction of a direct flight between Paris and Mayotte, are leveraging growth.
A hub and European standard infrastructures in the Indian ocean
With an exclusive economic zone of 74,000 sq. km (28,570 sq. miles) and a commercial port with €150 million of investment between 2013 and 2028, business opportunities are manifold, explaining the installation of major groups such as Sigma, Lafarge and Total. Mayotte was the leading French region for business creation in 2017 (+16.4% from 2016).
Digital infrastructure corresponding to European standards with a high and very high-speed internet available throughout the island and a Tier III data center
coming online in 2021.
This openness to international investment can also be seen at the Pamandzi international airport offering 11 international links (Paris, Réunion, Nairobi, Dar Es Salaam, Moroni, Antananarivo).
A quality service offer in the healthcare sector
The region boasts a hospital center, with four hospitals, 13 consultation centers and sophisticated technical services (MRI, scanner, operating theaters, medical analysis laboratories, erythrocytapheresis, diving chamber, sterilizer). Its equipment and personnel (205 doctors, including 58 medical specialists) make it a prime destination for medical evacuations, and it also has a renowned gynecological/obstetrics center.
More than half of childbirths on the island take place at the Centre Hospitalier de Mayotte (CHM).
An appreciated tourist destination thanks to exceptional landscape and biodiversity
The region welcomed 56,000 tourists in 2018, with its 1,100 sq. km. (425 sq. miles) of lagoons, 195 sq. km. (75 sq. miles) of barrier reef, its 170 beaches and its 200 km (124 miles) of hiking paths. The Natural Marine Park of Mayotte has no fewer than 300 species of coral, 2,300 marine species and 25 species of marine mammals.
Very appreciated by tourists, the island boasts rare biodiversity (whales, dolphins, tortoises, 35 species of birdlife) and a mild climate (26°C).
As a member of the “Vanilla Isles” network, Mayotte has 57 accommodation establishments and is planning to create six coastal hotels, or 500 new rooms, by 2024.