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.
Strategically located at the crossroads of Africa, South-east Asia and the Indian sub-continent, Mauritius consolidates its position as a prime base for the regional headquarters of multinationals. To this effect, a Regional Headquarters Scheme (RHQ) was introduced to attract companies to set up their regional office on the island.
The Scheme to Attract Professionals for Emerging Sectors (SAPES) was introduced to enhance the development of key sectors of the economy particularly in Financial Services and ICT/ITES.
The Government has set up a Permanent Residence Scheme to attract high net-worth individuals to Mauritius. Under this Scheme, foreigners investing more than half a million dollars in Mauritius, are eligible to permanent residence, along with their spouse and children under 18 years of age. For children above 18, an additional deposit of USD 100,000 is required.
The Export Enterprise Certificate is granted to export oriented enterprises which export their entire production, although authorisation to sell a small percentage on the local market (10% to 20%) may be obtained, depending on the nature of the industrial activity.