STATISTICS
Location :
2,400km off the south eastern coast of Africa

Population :
1.3 million, diverse ethnic background including European, African, Indian and Chinese origin

State :
Independence since 1968, former British and French colony, democratic

Land area :
2,040km²

Main language :
English (official language) and French

Type of law :
Hybrid, English Common Law and French Civil Law

Time zone :
GMT +4 hours

Currency :
Mauritian Rupee (MUR)

Main industries :
Financial services, export processing industry, tourism and agriculture

Ease of Doing Business Rank :
28th, in the World Bank Report on Doing Business 2015

Global Competitiveness Index 2014 – 2015:
Global rank: 39 out of 144 countries
Africa rank: 1st

2014 Index of Economic Freedom:
Global rank: 8 out of 178 countries
Africa rank: 11th

Economist Intelligence Unit:
Global rank: 18 out of 167 countries
Africa rank: 1st

Forbes Survey of Best Countries for Business 2013:
Global rank: 29 out of 145 countries
Africa rank: 1st
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Why invest in Mauritius?

Mauritius has a set of modern legislation and adopts international best practice in corporate governance. It has gained international recognition as a well-regulated financial center. Such effort has been recognized by the World Bank and rated first in Africa for its ease of doing business, economic freedom and good governance.
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  • Strong and friendly relations with Europe, India, China and Africa.
  • Wide network of Double Taxation Avoidance Agreements (DTA), 41 treaties in force as at December 2014.
  • Investment Promotion and Protection Agreements (IPPA) with a number of countries, offers free repatriation of capital and returns, guarantee against expropriation, most favoured nation rule with respect of treatment of investors and compensation for losses in case of war or riot.
  • Preferential access to regional markets, including the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the Interim Economic Partnership Agreement (IEPA) with EU, the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) with US.
  • OECD white listed jurisdiction.
  • High level of Privacy and Confidentiality.
  • Qualified professionals in law, accountancy, tax and finance, trained locally and internationally.
  • International banks, funds, law and accountancy firms have set up shop in Mauritius.
  • Multicultural society lives in harmony and creates business friendly environment for international investors.

 
Benefits

  • Attractive fiscal regime
  • Tax free dividend
  • No capital gains tax
  • Free repatriation of profits, dividends and capital
  • 100% foreign ownership allowed
  • Vast network of Double Taxation Treaties
  • Enhanced Privacy and Confidentiality
  • Ease of set up / operation
  • Bilingual workforce with high level of expertise
  • Reliable banking & telecommunications system
  • Modern legal & regulatory framework
  • Social & Political stability
  • Convenient Time Zone

Investors may use the Mauritius Global Business sector, formerly known as the Mauritius Offshore Business sector, as a platform for investing in other countries or conduct international businesses while using Mauritius entities with specific licences.

Examples

  • Investment Holding Companies return can be free of tax
  • Property Holding Companies hold property and property rights in a Global Business Centre in order to mitigate capital gains taxes on the sale of property as well as on inheritances taxes
  • Patent and Copyright Holding Companies may own intellectual property rights which may be franchised to companies all over the world.
  • International trading companies make profits in selling goods which they have bought at a low cost, to high-income market countries.
  • Professional services companies can contract with a professional to provide with services outside their country of residence and the fees paid can be accumulated free from taxation in the Global Business.

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