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National Standard Industrial Classification of Economic Activities
(NSIC, Rev.2)

Country / Area: Mauritius

Classification category: Activity classifications

General information
1 (a)Name of the current national classification (full name in official national languages and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)National Standard Industrial Classification of Economic Activities (NSIC, Rev 2)
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?English
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.No
Classification structure
2 (a)Please describe the structure of the classification: How many levels does the classification have? (Please provide labels, such as “Division”, “Class”) How many categories exist at each level?The structure of NSIC Rev 2 consists of 5 levels of classification. The first four are identical to the ISIC Rev 4 structure of the UN. The fifth level, named sub-class, contains 804 categories to enable detailed classification of economic activities.
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.01491: Raising of deer; 10711: Manufacture of bread; 22204: manufacture of plastic tank and reservoir; 46491: wholesale of pharmaceutical and medical goods.
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.The classification is based on the ISIC Rev 4 of 2007 of the UN.
3 (b)Is the classification structure identical to the international standard or, if not, how does it differ? (e.g. have additional levels been added to the international standard or have changes been made within the level of the international structure, such as aggregations or additional breakdowns)The structure up to the fourth level (class) is identical to the ISIC Rev 4 of 2007 of the UN.
3 (c)Please describe deviations from the international standard (in terms of structure, methodology or application rules). Please use examples, if a general statement is not possible.Nil
3 (d)At what level of the international standard can data be reported for international comparison? (Please provide examples of programmes / indicators if reporting takes place at different levels of the classification.)Normally reported on the Section level but they can be provided up to the fourth level in some cases.
3 (e)If no links to international classifications exist or no international standard is used, please state if there are plans to use international norms in the future.N/A
Classification uses
4 (a)Please state for which statistical purposes (surveys etc.) this classification is used and if there are users outside of the Statistical Office. Please indicate at which level the classification is used for data collection and for data publishing.The classification is being used for coding purposes for all surveys (including the last Housing and Population Census carried out in 2011) conducted by the office. The classification is also used for coding of all business activities up to the fifth level.
4 (b)Please give the names of institutions that use the classification for non-statistical purposes (as opposed to statistical purposes in question 4(a)). Also indicate the kind of use (e.g. tax offices, social security, customs, enterprise register, employment services, work permits etc.)(i) Companies Division which is responsible for the registration of all business operators uses the classification at registration time. (ii) The Mauritius Revenue Authority (which includes the Tax and Customs offices) (iii) The Ministry of Social Security.
4 (c)Please indicate if alternative classifications are used by other institutions of the economy. Are these classifications available and useful for the Statistical Office?No
Implementation / revision status
5 (a)Please state the date of the official adoption of the classification. If not yet adopted, please indicate the current state (e.g. in development, sent for approval, in printing, ready to be distributed etc.)The office has already implemented the new classification.
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.The classification has been used for coding purposes for the Housing and Population Census held from Feb to August 2011; the Continuous Multi-Purpose Household Survey since Jan 2012; the Survey of Employment and Earnings of Large Establishments, March 2012, Household Budget Survey since Jan 2012.
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?Yes
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)National Standard Industrial Classification of Economic Activities (NSIC, Rev 1)
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsThis classification was based on ISIC Rev 3 of the UN.
5 (f)Please describe the structure of the former classification and indicate the number of items at each level of the classification. (similar to question 2(a))The structure up to the fourth level (class) is identical to the ISIC Rev 3 of 1990, of the UN.
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?Yes
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?1996
5 (i)Are statistical data still collected or published according to the former classification? Please indicate if this statistical data is collected or published by the Statistical Office or elsewhere.Statistics on Business Activities are being published for the last time in 2012. As from 2013 data will be published on the new revision. All other units are using the new revision.
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?Yes
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?Yes
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?N/A
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?Yes
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)Excel
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?Yes (in Excel)
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationStatistics Mauritius
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryCentral Business Register Unit, Statistics Mauritius; Tel: (230) 2122316/17, e-mail: cso_cbr@mail.gov.mu, website: http//statsmauritius.gov.mu
Other comments
9 (a)Please provide any other information on this classification that you consider relevantNil

Source: UN questionnaire, 9/1/2012