Business risks

Australian companies are advised to spend time investigating the market, obtain professional advice where appropriate and thoroughly investigate the issues in entering the market and before establishing business relationships.

Australian firms wishing to operate in this country should commit to the highest level of corporate behaviour and familiarise themselves with Australia's laws and penalties pertaining to bribery of foreign officials.

Bribery of foreign public officials is a crime. Australian individuals and companies can be prosecuted in Australia for bribing foreign officials when overseas. Further information on the regulations governing bribery of foreign public officials is available.

For further information on frauds, scams, personal and asset security, intellectual property protection and other business risks please read more about legal issues.

IP Protection

Mauritian laws protect:

  • copyright
  • Patents
  • industrial designs
  • marks - trademarks, trade names, service marks, collective marks
  • layout-designs of integrated circuits
  • geographical indications.

Legislation includes:

  • Patent, Industrial Designs and Trademark Act 2002 (‘PIDTA’)
  • Protection Against Unfair Practice Act 2002 (‘PAUP’)
  • Layout Designs (Topographies) of Integrated Circuit Act 2002
  • Geographical Indications Act 2002 (‘GI Act’)
  • Copyright Act 1997 (‘Copyright Act’).

Arbitration

Mauritius became an International Arbitration Centre following an agreement between the Government of Mauritius, the London Chamber of International Arbitration (LCIA) and the Mauritius International Arbitration Centre Limited (MIAC). This agreement provided for the establishment and operation of a new arbitration centre in Mauritius.

The Permanent Court of Arbitration based in The Hague has also opened its only office outside Netherlands in Mauritius. This provides testimony to the significant role the Mauritian Arbitration Centre is set to play in future as a regional Arbitration Centre of excellence.

Mauritius has a unique blend of both civil and common law. Foreign lawyers are authorised by the International Arbitration Act to represent parties and to act as arbitrators in international arbitrations in Mauritius.

This further consolidates the drive to position Mauritius as a secure platform for regional and global business.