Perfect partner – why Mauritius is an attractive international finance centre
Mauritius, long known as the premier platform for inward investment into India, is increasingly used for Africa-related transactions. The current African boom has been well-documented, including impressive rates of growth and rising foreign direct investment. Opportunities abound in numerous jurisdictions and in a wide variety of sectors such as natural resources, agriculture, infrastructure, energy, mining, telecommunications, logistics, trade and tourism. Lawyers in particular should be aware of the potential benefits of a Mauritius structure in the context of Indian and African investments. Relevant contexts to be borne in mind include investment holding, private equity and funds, with related areas including banking and finance (including aircraft finance) and insurance. The country is among the leading sources of foreign direct investment into India. The strength of the double taxation avoidance (DTA) treaty was a boon to investment into India as the country enjoyed robust economic growth particularly since the turn of this century.
Having long been a leading platform for foreign direct investment into India, Mauritius is now increasingly being used for Africa-focused transactions. Kerri Lefebvre and Stephen Scali reveal the secrets of the country’s success as an international finance centre
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