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Data, Data everywhere. Who benefits from them most?

Data, Data everywhere. Who benefits from them most?

On 28 January 2021, the data privacy communities of the world celebrated the Data Protection Day which is an international effort to create awareness about the importance of respecting privacy, safeguarding data and enabling trust.

COVID-19 and its impact on contractual performance in Mauritius - Force Majeure

COVID-19 and its impact on contractual performance in Mauritius - Force Majeure

While the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic subsists, the risks for businesses of not being able to fulfil their contractual obligations or of experiencing the default of the other contracting party is a real concern for economic operators. To manage this unprecedented situation and provide an adequate response, a careful analysis of the contract terms is essential to enable parties to exercise their rights if a dispute arises from non-performance. As a first step, it will generally be a question of analysing the possibility of invoking the defence mechanism of force majeure.

COVID-19: business survival and insolvency in Mauritius

COVID-19: business survival and insolvency in Mauritius

The unravelling situation with the COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant financial turmoil in Mauritius. A likely effect of these disturbances could result in companies going for winding-up and other alternatives available under Mauritian law.

COVID-19 and its effect on employment law in Mauritius

COVID-19 and its effect on employment law in Mauritius

In an attempt to curb the spread of the COVID-19 in Mauritius, the government took the decision to extend the sanitary curfew until 15 April 2020. Employers around the world are facing similar challenges, dealing with government-mandated shutdowns, sick and self-isolating employees, homeworking arrangements and economical constraints.

Redundancy - A new challenge

Redundancy - A new challenge

With the advent of the Workers’ Rights Act (“WRA”), we have seen our labour laws being challenged in many ways in Mauritius. At first, our attention was quickly grasped by the additional leaves which have been brought by the WRA, the calculation of the end of year bonus and, more especially, by the new definition given to the word ‘worker’ under the WRA. We should, however, realise that these are not the only elements which will affect the financial impact which the WRA is having on our economy.

A close look at the India-Mauritius Comprehensive Economic Cooperation and Partnership Agreement (CECPA)

On 22 February 2021, Mauritius and India signed a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation and Partnership Agreement (CECPA) during the visit of India’s Minister of External Affairs Dr Subrahmanyam Jaishankar to Mauritius. The CECPA came into operation on 1 April 2021. Talks between Mauritius and India for the signature of a CECPA started back in 2015 but was suspended pending renegotiation of the Mauritius-India Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement. There was a study which was commissioned as far back as 2005 to identify several areas of investments and that study showed that a CECPA would lay down the road map for encouraging Indian investments in Mauritius and joint investments in the region.

Innovation within the Mauritian International Financial Centre

Innovation is greatly needed within our International Financial Centre to retain our existing clients and bring along new ones. We are deeply suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic, the slowdown of transactions worldwide and our continued presence on the European Union black list. There are however opportunities ahead which we need to master for our benefit. Here, we briefly look at three new innovative products.