• Mauritius

    Learn about the rich history of Mauritius and its development as a stopover on the trade routes to a dynamic developing nation. “Discover” articles feature the island’s regions, sister islands, culture and nature.

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  • Gastronomy

    The diversity of cuisine in Mauritius derives from its cultural mix of colonialism and migrants over several centuries. Some would say that ‘tourist’ recipes have been rediscovered and others refined.

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  • Leisure

    Mauritius has an abundance of cultural, nature, entertainment activities and events that both the locals and tourists can enjoy. We should not forget sports, may they be local, regional or international.

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  • Lifestyle

    Is it about the values that you and your family want to live by or is it the persona you want to project? It can be about your wardrobe, a smartphone, a car or your home furnishings. In other words it is about your lifestyle!

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  • Wellness

    Mauritius has a holistic approach to good health with spas, yoga, natural remedies and other methods, while the population is provided with free access to hospital services and wellness parks.

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  • Romance

    Romance comes easy for a tropical island, so naturally Mauritius has become a dream destination for weddings and honeymoons. Couples (local and foreign) can find information and ideas right here.

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  • Travel - Tourism

    The South-East Indian Ocean features great travel destinations with the Mascarene or the Vanilla Islands offering great holiday opportunities including Mauritius, Madagascar, Reunion, Madagascar and Seychelles

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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.

 The banking industry in Mauritius provides a wide range of services, including traditional banking facilities, card-based payment services including credit and debit card internet banking, and mobile banking facilities. Many banks also offer specialised services such as fund administration, trusteeship, custodial services, structured trade finance, structured lending, international portfolio management, investment banking, private client activities, and specialised finance. International banks offer a variety of global banking and financial services to institutional, corporate and private clients.

Despite the recent turmoil seen in the international banking sector, domestically, the banking sector has performed satisfactorily according to official figures in the February 2015 Financial Stability Report from the Bank of Mauritius.

Mauritius has quite a unique legal structure as a result of its colonial roots, in that it is a hybrid based system that combines French civil and common law, while civil and criminal court proceedings are modelled on British practice. This system is came about due to the British concession to leave the French laws intact when they took possession of the island, but as English judges preferred to use English procedures as they were more familiar, historically, English laws gradually grafted themselves onto French laws, and supplanted some.

Mauritius has a single-structured judicial system that is composed of the Supreme Court and the Subordinate Courts. The Subordinate Courts consist of the following: the Court of Rodrigues; the Intermediate Court, the Industrial Court, the District Courts, the Bail and Remand Court, the Criminal and Mediation Court and the Commercial Court. The head of the judiciary is the Chief Justice, and the Constitution of Mauritius is the supreme legal document of the country. Final appeals of decisions from the Court of Appeal of Mauritius can be made to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London as provided for under the Constitution of Mauritius.

Generally speaking, the judiciary is considered fair, however it is criticised for the build-up of delays of both criminal and civil cases, and there are also complaints of police brutality and prison conditions are considered unsatisfactory.