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Foreign Investment

Foreign Investment in Mauritius

Mauritius is an increasingly attractive prospect for foreign investors, with real estate and the financial services the most popular sectors. According to statistics from the Bank of Mauritius, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflows into the Mauritian economy for 2016 saw an increase of 41% compared to the previous year, amounting to MUR 13.6 billion.

There are also signs of an increase in FDI from developing countries, with MUR 6.46 billion invested in 2016 as compared to MUR 3.34 billion in 2015.

France remains the leading source of FDI in Mauritius with a contribution of MUR 4.5 billion in 2016. The other main sources of FDI are from China and South Africa.

The economic growth data and indicators of MauritiusHere are some of the factors that make Mauritius an attractive prospect for foreign investors:

GDP per capita: approx. USD 9,600 (2016)
Moody’s Investors Service: BAA1 (2017)
GDP Growth: 3.6% (2016)
Unemployment: 7.9% (2015)
Inflation: 1.2%
Repo Rate: 4%
Convenient time zone (GMT +4)
Main Languages: French and English

Mauritius Commercial Bank, external view

The Mauritian banking industry currently includes 22 banks, 5 of which are local banks, 10 are foreign-owned subsidiaries, 1 is a joint venture, 4 are branches of foreign banks and 2 are licensed as private banks. The central bank, the Bank of Mauritius licenses these banks to carry out local and international banking business.

Direct Investment in MauritiusThere are many incentives in place to encourage foreign investment in Mauritius and factors that attract investors, in particular the favourable tax regime.