Mauritius - Gateway to Africa
Mauritius enjoys close cultural, business and bilateral ties to many other African countries. Over the last few decades, Mauritius has grown into an attractive, secure and competitive location for cross-border investments and is regarded as a gateway for investments into and trading with Africa.
Mauritius has a crucial role to play in the development of Africa. Mauritius’ classification on the white list of the OECD reflects an immaculate track record as an offshore center and low-tax platform of substance. Mauritius is recognized for its excellence and best practices in African business and for its leading drive that is transforming the continent.
Doing Business in Mauritius
Due to rapid growth of Mauritius as a tax friendly environment for foreign capital and its position as a staging area for ventures into Africa and Asia and beyond, Mauritius has become the obvious choice for the establishment of holding companies, foundations, trusts and special purpose vehicles.
Given the recent political developments in South Africa, Mauritius is expected to become a strategic place for South African business owners that want to expand their business into Africa under a standalone structure in Mauritius, independent from the shareholder structure in SA. See more details here.
The rapid and balanced development of infrastructure and services over the last decade in Mauritius and a growing reputation as an international business center combined with a sound legal framework and fiscal policies and the regulatory and local infrastructure of a developed market have created a fertile environment for doing business.
Mauritius’ “Ease of Doing Business” is ranking no. 20 out of 185 countries, according to the Doing Business Report 2019 by the World Bank. The infographic shows how far better Mauritius is ranking in the various disciplines of Doing Business compared with the Africa average.