Mauritius is without doubt one of the world’s most exotic locations, a tiny island state in the heart of the western regions of the Indian Ocean, roughly 2,000 km east of Africa. Its closest neighbors are Madagascar some 800 km to the west, and the French island of Réunion. Portuguese sailors officially discovered the island in 1507, and later it was held by the Dutch and finally the British. It gained its independence in 1968, yet still remains a republic of the British Commonwealth. Its official languages are Mauritian creole, French and English, a benefit to businesses there. In recent years Mauritius has drawn in more and more foreign investments, mostly by developing a wide financial services sector and creating an easy business environment for global corporations.
Mauritius holds claim to magnificent beaches, coral reefs and dense forests, as well as volcanic landscapes dotted with black basalt rock. In recent decades luxury resorts have sprouted along the pastoral island coasts, bringing in tourists from around the globe. Tourism is based on a classic tropical island appeal, the climate is hot and humid year-round. The seasons are the reverse of those in Israel as the country is located in the Southern Hemisphere.
The population of Mauritius is incredibly diverse due to its locations and various factors that arose throughout its history. They are primarily Indian, African, Chinese and even European descendants, and most speak either English or French. The country is a parliamentary republic, its area is 2,040 km2 and its capital is Port Louis.For Viewing Mauritius in Google Maps - Click Here
In the last few years the island has drawn to it over 9,000 international business entities that have registered there, the majority of which conduct trade in India and South Africa. The banking sector alone brings in a billion USD in investments.
Its economy has grown in leaps and bounds since its days as an agriculture and labor-based economy. Growth rate since gaining its independence is impressive, and recently Mauritius has invested many resources to develop its tourism and financial sector. GDP is 20 billion USD and per capita income is 15,000 USD. Local currency is the Mauritian rupee. It main areas of activity are tourism, financial services, textiles and sugar. The telecommunications infrastructure and regulation policies are very advanced; this facilitate an easy and efficient registration process, with tax laws differing in relevance to the type of company being established.
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