India top-priority funds flow partner, but tax treaties supreme: Mauritius
The island nation off the African continent coast accounts for more than one-third of foreign investments coming through FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) and FII (Foreign Institutional Investments) routes to India.
Many global investors prefer to channelise their Indian investments through Mauritius due to the tax benefits coming out of the DTAA (Double Taxation Avoidance Treaty) between the two countries and favourable regulations in the island nation.
"The foreign investors select Mauritius for routing their Indian investments because of the good relationship between the two countries and India as a top-priority partner in this regard," Mauritius' securities market regulator Financial Services Commission's CEO Clairette Ah-Hen told PTI here.
Ah-Hen was on a visit to India along with the country's financial services industry body Global Finance Mauritius (GFM) CEO Nikhil Treebhoohun and Mauritius' Board of Investment's Assistant Director Harvesh Seegolam.
Mauritius' competitiveness should not be undermined when it comes to renegotiating the treaty with India, they said referring to the new Tax Information Exchange Agreement being worked out between the two countries.
The officials further stressed that the existing DTAA between the two countries was good enough to take care of all the concerns, including those related to round-tripping and money laundering.
Mauritius has also been often accused of being a conduit for black money to and from India. However, Ah-Hen
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