Mauritius is an increasingly attractive prospect for investors, with the financial services and real estate two of the most popular sectors. There are many factors that attract investors, in particular the favourable tax regime in Mauritius as well as the following: ease of set up/operation; no inheritance taxes; 15% Corporate and Personal Income tax rate; 15% VAT; and tax free dividends.
Similarly, investors are attracted to the stock market in Mauritius for the following reasons: the Mauritian economy and the majority of listed stocks have achieved sustainable growth over the last fifteen years; dividends and capital gains are tax free; and there is no exchange control.
Mauritius is acclaimed as a leading investment destination, thanks to its high ranking in the ease of doing business index and well-developed investment sector.
Foreign investors in particular are attracted to the low corporate tax rate and VAT as well as tax free dividends. The Board of investment was also established to attract more foreign direct investment by promoting Mauritius as a competitive business and service centre.
Investors are also attracted to the stock market in Mauritius since dividends and capital gains are tax free. The Exchange operates two markets: the Official Market of 51 companies, and the Development and Enterprise Market (DEM) of 43 companies.
There are several companies within Mauritius that provide assistance with investment decisions including SBM Mauritius Asset Managers Ltd and Aon Hewitt Ltd.
In its endeavour to become an international business hub par excellence in the region, Mauritius pursues a liberal investment policy and actively encourages foreign direct investment in all of sectors of the economy. Attractive packages of both fiscal and non-fiscal incentives, tailor made to the needs of each priority area of development, are offered to investors.
Excellent opportunities for investment in Mauritius exist in various sectors of the Economy including manufacturing, information technology, the knowledge industry, regional headquarters, tourism and leisure, financial services and Freeport activities amongst others.