1. The mission, carried out by a team of four experts from the consultancy firm EOS.D2C, started on the 16th of April 2003, with the team’s arrival in Mauritius. The period spent in the four island countries and the Reunion island in the Indian Ocean (as planned in the accepted technical proposal) ended on the 23rd of May 2003 with the experts’ departure. 2. A debriefing was given at COI at the end of the stay. The aim of this debriefing, drafted while various interviews were still to be conducted and the bibliography still to be reviewed, was to present various preliminary hypotheses. The reactions received were taken into account when drafting the provisional report.