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?

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