BUSINESS IN MAURITIUS : Has it all been a bad dream?

Some time back, perhaps over two years or so ago, I predicted and wished an all-out change on the Mauritian political scene. When I arrived here in November of last year this feeling had intensified to a feverish pitch that no Trojan scheme by the two behemoths of Mauritian politics was going to put a brake on the desire for change.
Over the years that the last administration had been in office, it had kept this country, at best, on an indifferent path. The stagnation is clearly visible. The works and reforms had stalled some long ago. Politicians ensconced in office had gotten so used to being in office, almost at will.
Now to the new broom — more that thirty days on I sense that there will not be what the electorate wished for at the ballot box. Take the case of my small historic village in the South-East, nothing has altered consequently to the election. The village remains like streets in Soweto. No one seems to be in charge. One feels lost to any outcome.
I also own and run a commercial business in the above-mentioned village. In a week, my business suffers umpteenth power cuts. The rigmarole of switching on and off the generator is like playing cat and mouse game with the CEB. At the bank, one suffers long delays just to bank some money. In government departments, the ‘servants’are the BOSSES. Queues and delays remind me of the chaos in India and Africa.
Some years ago the previous holder of the Finance portfolio decided rightly to bring this country’s taxation on par with other developed countries. In this stead, they decided to copy the tried and tested system from Great Britain – somewhat haphazardly. In Great Britain, where I practice, laws and regulations are reviewed and amended continually to suit a progressive business approach. Over here they have copied but applied the rules in a twisted manner in order to extract as much tax from business as possible NOW ; to hell with the consequences. When the small businessman owes the MRA, it almost importunately drives its hands in the businessman’s wallet to extract as much as it can. But when it’s the other way round, the poor citizen can wait for Big Brother. If and when Big Brother wishes, he may repay you with a lot of feet-dragging. This is hardly a business-friendly way to run any organisation. In fact, such practices are customary in dystopian societies. If the ‘new broom’truly intends to lead in the direction of prosperity, among other urgent works, stand the reform of the MRA and the Civil Service root and branch. These are merely some of the hurdles that this government need to tackle with urgency. Both eyes have got to be on the tasks in hand, setting aside any political sensitivity at this stage for the sake of the country.
As my staycation nears it intended end, I return to my adopted country with some glee and a lot of relief of no longer being in the firing line of all these archaic systems in Mauritius. At times I scold myself mentally for investing in Mauritius. Mauritius is definitely NOT a place for one to bring his money. As an Accountant, I come across a fair number of would-be investors in Mauritius. My advice, drawn from my own experience, is : avoid Mauritius at all cost.


Well written, speak the truth.

Who is the writer? What village is being referred to?