Mauritian Culture

Business Culture


  • Be punctual to a meeting, although your Mauritian counterpart may be late. If you are running late, advise your Mauritian counterpart.
  • Shake hands with each person present at the start of a meeting. A nod of acknowledgment accompanied with a verbal greeting is insufficient.
  • Exchanging business cards is a common practice, so have plenty with you before entering a meeting.
  • Many Mauritians prefer to be provided with brochures and price lists in a physical copy.


  • Titles are generally used in an abbreviated form in correspondence to others (e.g. “Dear Dr Chan”).
  • Once there is a degree of familiarity, titles can be disregarded without offense when interacting in person.
  • Acceptable dress codes tend to differ depending on the company. For the most part, the dress code tends to be formal.
  • An effective way to develop networks in Mauritius is through dinners and lunches with local representatives and customers.
  • On the (2017), Mauritius ranks 54th out of 180 countries, receiving a score of 50 (on a scale from 0 to 100). This perception suggests that the country’s public sector is moderately clean from corruption.

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