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How to do business in times of economic uncertainty

Article provided by Sunbiel Corporate Services

Optimising cost and maximising profit has never gone hand in hand better than the current situation we are into. The COVID-19 has brought the global economy to its knees. The OECD projects a 2.4% fall in world growth in 2020. Since no one knows when the pandemic will cease or when the cure will be effective, the uncertainty has led to the consensus that the world is heading towards a recession.

If the COVID-19 currently affects your operations, this article provides solutions that may help you stay afloat. Here is how you can optimise the cost of your business during these times of economic uncertainty.

The uncertainty affects companies around the world

With more than 200 countries affected, the COVID-19 has had profound negative business repercussions:

  • Supply-chains, daily operations, systems, the workplace disruptions;
  • Flow of goods and people has been severed on a global scale;
  • Slump in customer’s and investors spending has impacted financial and commodity markets;
  • Investment in real estate properties, bonds and shares has become unstable and uncertain;
  • Global unemployment rate is on the rise: many businesses are lacking the necessary capital to remunerate their employees, while others are forced to terminate the contract of their workers. In the United States for instance, 17 million people (10% of the workforce) filed for unemployment in during the past 3 weeks; and
  • Key macroeconomic indicators like oil and interest rates are on the decline amongst others.

While some foreign and domestic SMEs and multinational companies are closing down, many have found a way to adapt and not perish.

How can companies optimise their cost during these times of economic uncertainty?

Many businesses around the world have adapted to this major crisis and work-from-home has become the norm. We can also see that, in certain cases, COVID-19 was a propeller for new growth in some segments while stimulating latent potential in others.

Indeed, the current situation has accelerated the digitalisation in some industries. Others were forced to adopt a digital approach to doing business. Productivity has taken a new dimension and many businesses and institutions are carrying out their operations online, most notably with a shift towards the booming of e-commerce: courses, services, fitness classes, concerts, media groups (newspapers and magazines), and most notably supermarkets and shops.

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As a result, we are witnessing an increased use of digital payment methods with the growing importance of contactless exchanges and transactions, requiring the services of payment intermediaries. With the digitisation of assets and transactions, it is interesting for payment services providers to establish themselves in an attractive Fintech hub. Being the first jurisdiction in the world to issue Custodian Services Licence for Digital Assets, Mauritius provides a business-friendly and well regulated environment for Fintech activities.

Click here to learn more about the Custodian Services Licence for Digital Assets.

Another good example could be the pharmaceutical industry, where companies are exploring the venture of self-diagnosing medical devices, personal protective equipment, digital medical assistants, telemedicine and online consultations. To make these innovative products and services available to their target market effectively and efficiently, it is important for them to have the right corporate structure. Click here to discover how we helped our client, active in the pharmaceutical industry, set up their Global Headquarters in Mauritius, allowing them to maximise their Enterprise Value.

With the altered business activities, many companies are finding it difficult to sustain their operations, especially in their home country. While some see the closing down of the company, it would be interesting for them to consider a re-domiciliation in the first place. Indeed, re-domiciling to a stable and well-regulated jurisdiction is likely to be a good choice.

Click here to find out why and how you should relocate your company to Mauritius.

For companies who are involved in the services sector (providing international trade, management and consultancy, IT or marketing services for instance) whose business activities and Place of Effective Management are outside of Mauritius, they can also optimise their costs by setting up an Authorised Company. It is an ideal structure for the administration of international operations.

Click here to identify the benefits of having an Authorised Company set up in Mauritius.

How doing business from Mauritius can help you achieve your objectives and grow your business

There are various reasons why you would want to relocate your company to Mauritius. The island nation’s has a diversified economy, a stable political environment, and a well-regulated and transparent International Financial Centre. Other advantages include:

  • Most business-friendly and investment-friendly country in Africa (World Banks’s 2020 Doing Business Report);
  • A diversified and stable economy;
  • Hybrid legal system, combining the advantages of English Common and French Civil laws;
  • A Rule of law and political stability;
  • No exchange control, no Withholding Tax, No Capital Gains Tax;
  • Secure and reliable investment destination (risk-mitigating platform);
  • Cost-effective solutions: very affordable outsourcing destination;
  • A pool of bilingual (English and French) and skilled workforce;
  • Extensive network of bilateral agreements (Double Taxation Avoidance Agreements (DTAAs) and Investments Promotion and Protection Agreements (IPPAs) with other jurisdictions);
  • Strategic geographical location between Africa and Asia and convenient time zone (GMT+4);
  • Member of the SADC, COMESA, African Union, IORA; and
  • An innovative listing and capital-raising platform.

This clearly demonstrating that the Mauritian ecosystem is favourable for companies that wish to do business globally. Click on links below for more information about Mauritius:

Contact us to know how we can help you do business during these challenging times.

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