Mauritius: Latest News
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.
You won’t find an African country among the world’s top 25 performers for innovation, but several low-income African countries are outperforming their peers based on GDP, earning the designation “innovation achievers.” Co-published by Cornell University, the World Intellectual Property Organization, and A.T. Kearney, the Global Innovation Index goes beyond traditional measures of innovation such as research and development.
Lillian Mutiso, 6:13 am AFKI Original
In 2014, Africa received a total of $128 billion, which made it the second biggest destination of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) capital globally. In 2015, the flow of FDI capital was projected to exceed US$190 billion. Investment flow into the continent has significantly grown over the last decade in tandem with the high economic growth witnessed by most countries in the region. Much of the investments have been made in the infrastructure, financial services, real estate and consumer-based sectors.
Dana Sanchez, 2:46 pm
You won’t find U.S. chicken in South African locations of the mega chicken restaurant chain Nando’s, the company said Wednesday — proof that controversy hasn’t subsided over U.S. chicken exports and the African Growth and Opportunity Act. Nando’s does most of its business outside South Africa and is the largest collector of South African contemporary art, displaying it in its restaurants. “Nando’s is proudly South African,” said CEO Geoff Whyte.
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