Introduction The republic of Mauritius is located in the Indian Ocean just off the southeast coast of Africa. First discovered by the Portuguese in 1507, the island was to become a French colony until the British took control in 1810. France did leave its impact on the island though with many laws based on both French civil law and British Common law. Mauritius is also multilingual and most inhabitants speak both French and English fluently. Mauritius was to become independent in 1968. Mauritius ranks highly for democracy, and for economic and political freedom especially when compared to other African countries. Mauritius has strong friendly relations with many African, American, Asian, European and Oceania countries and because of the history of the Island particularly with the United Kingdom, France, China and India. It is a member of the WTO, the Commonwealth of Nations, La Francophonie, the African Union, the Southern Africa Development Community, the Indian Ocean Commission, COMESA and the Indian Ocean Rim Association. Mauritius ranks high in terms of ease of doing business. It also scores exceptionally well in free economy and investment freedom displaying high standards in efficiency, law and competitiveness. Mauritius was once viewed as a small agricultural island, but has since become a reputable jurisdiction for offshore company formation due to its efficiency, confidentiality and flexibility. Corporate Advantages of Mauritius Mauritius has an extensive number of tax incentives to attract foreign investment to the Island. As well as this it is geographically well placed for international purposes, has a modern infrastructure with many highly trained professionals and is multilingual. – Visit this page for more information about the corporate advantages of Mauritius Mauritius Registry The Registry in Mauritius holds numerous recognitions for its efficiency and service. In addition to this it relies on the professional and international culture on the Island to provide companies that as well as being of such a high standard are modern and flexible. – Visit this page for more information about the regulatory bodies in Mauritius Mauritius Banking Mauritius is constantly striving to asses and reform its banking industry. It is thanks to this as well as a high degree of professionalism, its convenient time-zone and its multilingual culture that Mauritius has attracted so many of the major banks to the island. – Visit this page for more information about the banking industry in Mauritius Mauritius VAT VAT is chargeable on all taxable supplies of goods and services made in Mauritius. VAT is also payable on the importation of goods into the country. The standard rate of VAT is 15%. All goods or services which are exported and certain goods and services supplied on the local market are zero-rated. VAT returns must be filed every quarter unless the turnover exceeds Rs10 million in which case it will be every month. It is compulsory to register for VAT if turnover of taxable supplies exceeds or is likely to exceed Rs 4,000,000. There are also a number of professions and businesses that have to register for VAT regardless if they do not exceed the specified limit. A company can choose to voluntarily register for VAT in Mauritius. Mauritius Structures There are generally two main types of company available in Mauritius, the Category 1 Global Business Company and the Category 2 Global Business Company, it is important to fully understand the advantages and disadvantages of each before proceeding with your structure and incorporating a Mauritius company. Mauritius is fully competent when it comes to understanding international business needs and company law is generally flexible providing that the correct structure is chosen at the outset. – Visit this page for more information about the different types of companies available in Mauritius Mauritius Trusts There are various types of trusts available in Mauritius each with its own custom advantages. Trusts in Mauritius are comprised of a modern legislation which has been drafted by prominent lawyers. This makes Mauritius a serious jurisdiction to consider when debating where internationally to set up your trust. – Visit this page for more information about Mauritian Trusts Mauritius Intellectual Property Intellectual Property has become a common term in the business world and as more commodities exist of assets that are not necessarily protected under common law it is becoming more imperative to find a jurisdiction that has adequate laws to protect your business. Mauritius recognised the need to be a leading contender when it comes to IP laws in order to continue to attract such high levels of international investment and as such are party to numerous organisations and subsequently are party to a large number of treaties in place to protect intellectual property. They also have various acts and efficient government departments responsible for ensuring that this is protected. – Visit this page for more information about intellectual property in Mauritius Mauritius Residency In an effort to attract foreign investment of both funds and professional skills to the island Mauritius has a variety of schemes which providing you can meet the criteria allow you to permanently reside on the island. For those who dream of settling somewhere with a tropical environment and picturesque beaches Mauritius has a lot to offer. – Visit this page for more information about residency in Mauritius Chesterfield and Mauritius Chesterfield have years of experience when it comes to both incorporating offshore companies and administering them. We are familiar with all the laws, paperwork and structures involved and are in an excellent position to give you the sound advice required when considering setting up a Mauritius company.