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“Is Mauritius a tax haven?” In the streets and central market at Port-Louis, the capital, the question invites incredulity. Some people mention villas belonging to sporting celebrities, like golfer Tiger Woods, who come here to keep large parts of their fortunes out of the way of taxes. Shiva, a forty-something who heads a travel agency, comments that “Cybercity [the business centre] is growing fast. Amongst the call centres you can see huge bank offices shooting up.” This is a logical development option for the island. Despite the ending of European preferential trade treatment, and the limited opportunities available to a remote island lacking in natural resources, Mauritius figures amongst the ‘success stories’ of globalisation.




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