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6 th asia africa ifa conference structuring investment into africa by marc hein 11 th may 2012
6th Asia/Africa IFA ConferenceStructuring Investment into Africa

By

Marc Hein

11th May 2012

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Why Invest into Africa through Mauritius?

    • Mauritius International Financial Centre
      • A stable jurisdiction
      • Legal and regulatory framework
      • International norms and Standards
    • Our Competitive Edge
      • Investment vehicles
      • Business facilitation
    • Mauritius – Africa Connectedness
      • Regional groups – SADC, COMESA, AU, etc
      • Treaty network and IPPAs
mauritius a stable jurisdiction
MAURITIUS: A STABLE JURISDICTION

Sun, Sand, Sea, ...... and the Mauritian Hospitality

What else can Mauritius offer?

Melting pot – Unity in diversity

Peaceful & Stable environment

International Financial Centre

Investment..... In a strategic place or using a strategic place to invest in the region and services

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mauritius a hybrid system of law
MAURITIUS: A HYBRID SYSTEM OF LAW

Code Civil & Code de Commerce

English Substantial, Procedure & Evidence Law

Written Constitution, Rule of Law and Separation of Powers

Privy Council in UK still is the highest Court of Appeal

We speak French & English

We understand Francophone & Anglophone Africa

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systems of law in the world
SYSTEMS OF LAW IN THE WORLD

English, French or mixed system of law

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legal and regulatory framework
Legal and Regulatory Framework
  • Compliance with norms prescribed by international standard-setting bodies
    • IOSCO principles
    • IAIS principles
    • FATF recommendations
    • Graduation to SDDS
  • Financial Services Act
  • Insurance Act
  • Securities Act
  • Limited Partnership Act
  • Forthcoming legislation
    • Foundations Bill
    • Occupational Pension Scheme Bill
arbritration mauritius
Arbritration & Mauritius
  • Rise in global business much of which is being held in countries in Africa and Asia where the legal system is not entirely trusted.
  • Enforcement of awards- New York Convention
  • Low Cost Arbitration
  • PCA, Permanent Court of Arbitration, the Hague and UNCITRAL Model
  • LCIA, London Court of International Arbitration – joint venture with Mauritius
  • IPPA's (BIT), ICSID, Investor-State Arbitration
  • Global Business automatic right to arbitration.
taxation regime
Taxation Regime
  • Uniform rate for Individuals and Corporates – 15%
  • Special Regime applicable to GBC1’s
global business legal entities
Global Business – Legal Entities

Global Business & Legal Entities

global business use of gbc s 1
Global Business – Use of GBC's 1
  • No limitation on activities
  • Range of activitiesinclude:
  • Investment Holding
  • Fund Management / C I S
  • Consultancy / EmploymentServices
  • Logistics and Marketing
  • Aircraft & Shipping
  • Licensing & Franchising
  • Pension Funds
  • Insurance
  • Legal / Tax Services
  • Servicing international clients:
  • Financial Advisers
  • Asset Managers
  • Investment Brokers
  • Investment Dealers
  • Insurance Brokers
  • Pension Scheme Managers
  • Pension Scheme Administrators
m a uritius international financial centre
Mauritius International Financial Centre

Expertise in Global Business - Pool of Qualified Professionals

Key Service Providers

Sound Regulatory Framework

Competitive Edge

Ethics and Corporate Governance

Protection of Intellectual Property Rights

Wide Range of Financial Products / Services

Competitive Operation Cost

Communication Network & High Internet Connectivity

Business Friendly Environment

Features at the top of investment indices for governance and ease of doing business

regional headquarters
Regional Headquarters

Physically based in Mauritius

Low operating cost

Mauritius Freeport Facilities

Availability of qualified labour force & favourable time zone

Possibility of using a tax efficient GBL 1

Business Facilitation (Permanent resident permits, etc.)

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Mauritius-Africa Connectedness

Africa Growth and Opportunity Act

(AGOA)

African-Caribbean-Pacific

(ACP)

African Union

(AU)

Common

Market for Eastern and Southern Africa

(COMESA)

Southern African Development Community (SADC)

Indian Ocean Rim

(IOR)

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SADC Region

  • SADC FTA - Regional market worth US$ 360 billion
  • SADC GDP – US$ 471.1 billion
  • Total population - 170 million
  • Includes economies growing by up to 7% a year.
  • Producers/ consumers: No import tariffs on an estimated 85% of all trade in Community goods in 12 countries
  • SADC regional integration programme:
    • FTA
    • Customs Union – 2010
    • Common Market – 2015
    • Monetary Union – 2016
    • Single Currency – 2018
  • Source: SADC website

Member Countries

Angola

Botswana

The Democratic Republic of Congo

Lesotho

Madagascar

Mauritius

Mozambique

Namibia

Seychelles

Swaziland

South Africa

Zimbabwe

United Republic of Tanzania

Malawi

Zambia

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COMESA

Member States

Burundi

Comoros

D.R Congo

Djibouti

Egypt

Eritrea

Ethiopia

Kenya

Libya

Madagascar

Malawi

Mauritius

Rwanda

Seychelles

Sudan

Swaziland

Uganda

Zambia

Zimbabwe

  • Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) promote regional
  • economic integration through trade and investment.
  • - 19 member states
  • - geographical area of 12 Million (sq km)
  • - population of over 400 million
  • - annual import bill of around US$ 32 billion with an export bill of
  • US$ 82 billion
  • COMESA - a major market place for both internal and external trading

Source: COMESA website

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Treaty Network: 36 DTAAs in force

(*3 Treaties awaiting ratification)

  • Asia
  • China
  • India
  • Malaysia
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Singapore
  • Sri Lanka
  • Thaïland
  • Bangladesh
  • Europe
  • Belgium
  • Cyprus
  • Croatia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Luxembourg
  • Sweden
  • UK
  • Russia*
  • Middle East
  • Kuwait
  • Oman
  • United ArabEmirates
  • Qatar
  • Caribbean region
  • Barbados
  • Africa
  • Botswana
  • Lesotho
  • Madagascar
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles
  • South Africa
  • Swaziland
  • Tunisia
  • Uganda
  • Zimbabwe
  • Congo*
  • Zambia*
investment promotion and protection agreements
Investment Promotion and Protection Agreements

Europe

Sweden

U.K.

Germany

France

Portugal

Romania

Asia

Barbados

Switzerland

Belgium

India

Czech Rep.

Finland

China

Pakistan

Rep. of Korea

Singapore

Africa

Indonesia

Botswana

Tanzania

Nepal

Zimbabwe

Burundi

Swaziland

South Africa

Madagascar

Mozambique

Benin

Rwanda

Senegal

Ghana

Comoros

Cameroon

Mauritania

Tchad

Congo

Guinea

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