It’s political stability, stupid…

The Deputy Prime Minister of Mauritius Ramakrishna Sithanen addressed the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry last night, with an pitch for local firms to consider investing in his country. He cited, amongst other things, a new, but pending, uniform tax rate and access to emerging African markets as key incentives. But he also added with delightful understatement, “Mauritius is one of the most politically stable countries in east and southern Africa. And political stability is important for inward investment“. With one or two notable exceptions, our political classes were most conspicuous by their absence. Are you listening Stormont?

  • Mickhall

    “Mauritius is one of the most politically stable countries in east and southern Africa”
    Deputy Prime Minister of Mauritius

    Mick
    Is this the same country in which this[below] occurred on the 3/10/06. What is that saying about stones and glass houses.
    There are also a number of articles available on the web about how the police regularly beat suspects and prisoners, just like old times eh. Perhaps now this guy has visited the north the Mauritius old bill will soon change their name, then all will be fine there too.. happy holidays.

    regards.

    “demonstrations currently taking place at and near the National Assembly in Victoria, Mauritius. These demonstrations appear to be in response to a protest organized by opposition leaders regarding radio licensing. There are confirmed reports of the use of teargas and unconfirmed reports of the use of rubber bullets.”

  • Dr Strangelove

    One other possible flaw in this strategy is that the number of indigenious companies in the North with the capacity to invest in Mauritius can be counted on one hand.

    Maybe he should be addressing his appeal to the British government as they seem to provide all the employment in Northen Ireland.

  • Crataegus

    Dr Strangelove

    One other possible flaw in this strategy is that the number of indigenous companies in the North with the capacity to invest in Mauritius can be counted on one hand.

    There are also people in the North who own businesses elsewhere and it is not that hard to raise substantial amounts if the business proposition is sound. Interesting place as is Fiji. (Looking for an excuse to visit nicer parts)

  • RitHas

    just to correct Mickhall’s comment.

    “demonstrations currently taking place at and near the National Assembly in Victoria, Mauritius. These demonstrations appear to be in response to a protest organized by opposition leaders regarding radio licensing. There are confirmed reports of the use of teargas and unconfirmed reports of the use of rubber bullets.”

    These events described above occured in Victoria, Seychelles and NOT in Mauritius..

    Cheers,

    rithas.

  • Mick Fealty

    RitHas:

    Thanks for the correction. I’m sure MickH will acknowledge it.

    DS:

    It is no bad thing if local businesses (not to mention our politicians) emulate the DPM’s approach and get out and about a bit more often.

    PS:

    For those like Mick and I, who are not sure where it is:

    Mauritius: http://www.map-of-africa.co.uk/images/mauritius-map.gif

    Seychelles: http://www.mfa.gov.sc/images/seychelles_map.gif