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SMEs are undoubtedly the backbone of the Mauritian diverse and dynamic economy. It employs about 48.9 % of the labour force. Despite the ubiquity of SMEs and their significant contribution to employment, SMEs only account for about 35.7 % of gross domestic product (GDP) and 11.7 %3 of domestic exports. Given these numbers, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) launched by the United Nations in 2015 can only be achieved if Mauritius manages to build up strong SMEs. SMEs have a leading role to play in meeting the most “economic” of the SDGs: promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment, and decent work for all (goal 8) as well as promoting sustainable industrialisation and fostering innovation (goal 9). The project ‘SME Go Digital’ contributes to the achievement of several Sustainable Development Goals, namely SDG 8 and SDG 9.