Mauritius: Latest News
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.
African governments have tried to limit and stop its use, but marijuana remains deeply ingrained in African traditions, economies and recreation. It is an important source of income, but is illegal everywhere in Africa. Tolerance and enforcement vary from country to country. There’s a growing belief that with the proper regulations, marijuana should be legalized for the greater good. AFKInsider compiled a list of African countries and ranked them for marijuana tolerance. We’ve also provided a list of most marijuana-friendly countries in the world as a basis for comparison.
Staff, 12:01 am
Collectors say they’re taking a closer look at contemporary African art now because the continent’s whole scene is making a seismic break with tradition. In South Africa, at least four collectors are planning or building contemporary art museums. Former Puma chairman Jochen Zeitz is converting a 1920s grain silo on Cape Town’s harbor to a nine-story museum to exhibit his vast African art collection. His Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art opens next February.
Dana Sanchez, 6:36 pm
Banks are waking up to bitcoin and the blockchain and its ability to transform banking, an expert says. But not quickly enough. “The coding behind virtual currency bitcoin could … prove to be enormously transformational, potentially even replacing the SWIFT network for interbank payments.” African blockchain-related startups will pitch new products in sectors ranging from remittances to renewable energy at the SWIFT African Regional Conference in Mauritius on May 18.
Dana Sanchez, 2:22 pm
Liberia does not conform to the definition of a tax haven and is not considered one by France and the U.S., the Liberian government said in response to a report last week that the West African country is about to be blacklisted on an E.U. tax haven blacklist. While the E.U. collects information on how its member states view other jurisdictions, it has not engaged in any action against tax havens. In response to the Panama Papers data leak, that may change. Three out of four companies doing business with World Bank funds in sub-Sahara used tax havens, according to anti-poverty group Oxfam.
Dana Sanchez, 3:19 pm
At least seven investors said they’re interested in buying part of Barclays’ stake in Africa. The bank said it expects to maintain single-digit loan growth this year with the rest of its African operations expanding faster than South Africa. Revenue continued to improve and growth in the rest of Africa is well above that of South Africa. What happens to Barclays in the future could depend a lot on what the South African Reserve Bank wants, one investment manager said.
Kurt Davis Jr., 8:45 am AFKI Original
South African commodities will likely feel more pain in the second half of 2016. Some argue that a potential sale of Barclays Africa is influenced by the significant drop in its value relative to the rand and the subsequent effect on the JSE. Customers in Africa, at the end of the day, all want better access to financial services. Banks must be efficient, competitive and reduce cost to retail customers in mature and immature markets. That would benefit the entire continent, not simply Southern Africa.
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