Mauritius: Latest News
Julia Austin, 2:18 pm AFKI Original
San Francisco-based Zoosk has a presence in most African countries, and ranks high in popularity in the large cities targeted by online dating apps. The app ranks No. 7 in Egypt as the highest-grossing app on iPad, No. 4 in Algeria, No. 3 in Kenya, and No. 2 in South Africa. Zoosk’s co-founders met as undergrads at a tech university in Iran and traveled to the U.S. to attend grad school.
Lillian Mutiso, 4:47 am AFKI Original
Africa is known for its vast potential of mineral resources. It is a great investment destination for foreign business organization from across the world. Investors’ desire to do business on the continent depends largely on the ease of company registration with regard to meeting legal and regulatory demands. According to the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index, a transparent and smooth registration process woos investors to any nation.
Staff, 12:11 am
The African Union is set to launch a common electronic passport that would grant visa-free travel to all of its 54 member states. Statelessness is a particular concern. Millions of Africans lack official documentation of nationality, though its hard to estimate how many are stateless. In some countries, access to citizenship is difficult because of rules limiting rights for children of foreigners, racial, ethnic and gender discrimination and lack of accommodation for a nomadic lifestyle.
Dana Sanchez, 11:56 am
MTN making a bid to buy Barclays Africa assets might sound far-fetched and ridiculous – but an MTN bank with operations in 14 African countries would shake up both the cellular and financial services industries. MTN has a track record in integrating big assets. Two new hires at MTN include top-ranking executives with heavy banking experience. Building its own fintech solutions would be expensive for MTN. The trend is for fintech startups to partner with banks rather than telecoms.
Dana Sanchez, 12:21 pm
Barclays Africa said it plans to raise $88 million US to fund loans for small and medium enterprises as part of its growth strategy at a time when U.K.-based parent Barclays plc is selling down its stake in the group. The idea is to raise funds and make loans at attractive rates. Sub-Saharan Africa, home to some of the world’s poorest people, has some of the highest interest rates in the world, offering high rates of return for investors. Barclays corporate lending is up in Africa. The bank’s strategy for shared growth is not philanthropy. It’s business, its CEO said.
Dana Sanchez, 8:51 am
The Mauritius government expects foreign direct investment to increase as much as 46 percent in 2016 based on projects that have already been secured. The U.K.’s decision to leave the European Union may hurt or help that projection. The U.K. is the No. 3 source of real estate investment in Mauritius. UAE is No. 2 and France is No. 1. With the renegotiated Mauritius-India tax treaty, Mauritius is still a great holiday destination, just not to dodge taxes in India, an Indian publication reports.
Dana Sanchez, 10:54 pm
Nigeria and Angola, the two African countries hit hardest by falling oil prices, have the highest number of hotels in the development pipeline this year. Zimbabwe-listed hospitality group African Sun laid off nearly 250 employees citing dwindling tourist numbers, lower room rates and the country’s deteriorating economic environment. About a third of the hotel deals signed between 2009 and 2013 haven’t materialized, mainly due to lack of financing. Carlson Rezidor is one that’s delivering.
Keren Mikva, 7:52 pm AFKI Original
Hungarian-American businessman George Soros has become one of the most aggressive foreign investors in African economies. While many predict a decrease in investment due to regional instabilities and lingering Ebola fears, Soros says African investment remains one of the few bright spots on the gloomy global economic horizon. As one of the richest people in the world with a track record of investment profits, Soros might just know what he’s talking about.
Dana Sanchez, 3:29 pm
As of 2016, Mauritius has the highest per capita GDP in Africa, with 5.7 percent growth predicted in 2016-2017. Its stock exchange is widely regarded as one of the best in Africa for a country of 1.2 million. There’s an entire business strategy known as “the Mauritius Route” used by investors as a conduit to connect them to Indian markets. In fact, 39.6 percent of foreign direct investment to India between 2001 and 2011 made its way via Mauritius. However, this money does not pass through Mauritius in a vacuum.
Lillian Mutiso, 5:07 am AFKI Original
Most sub-Saharan African countries have poorly detailed tax legislation and interpretation of their tax guidelines is sometimes ambiguous. But a few countries have managed to position themselves as tax havens for foreigners. Mauritius and Seychelles are among the most prominent. Foreign individuals or businesses are taxed at low rates. Some tax havens help people to legally hide money with little or no government oversight from their home countries. If there are records of transactions, these may not be available to other governments or tax agencies. Here are some other African countries that have achieved tax-haven status but are somewhat under the radar.
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