Can it really happen? I do not lose hope — never did never will but keep both feet on the ground. What should happen as a miracle between the religious holidays that we have from all the confessions leaving in piece here that this concept will finally work? My husband has roughly calculated how much Mauritius economy is missing from not being open to the consumer free shopping paradise — I do not even want to disclose but the number has numerous digits.
The government is determined to forge ahead with the duty-free island concept according to Minister of Tourism Nando Bodha.
His ministry wants usher in a series of measures to encourage shopping mall promoters to invest in Mauritius and bring with them international brands. “We will thus have a wider offering of products for the local population and for tourists,” he said as he opened the V.K Duty Free Shopping Mall in Port Louis yesterday.
Minister Bodha says he fully adheres to the vision of the government of transforming Mauritius into high-end shopping destination. One of the main obstacles to the duty-free island policy is the proliferation of counterfeit products across the island.
He believes that first they have to win the battle against piracy in order to ensure that tourists are getting original and good quality products.
He urged all parties concerned to work with each other so that the vision of a duty-free island becomes reality.
He believes Mauritius stands every chance of making it into the league of duty-free countries such as Dubai and Singapore, “which are names to reckon with when we talk of duty free shopping”.
The minister wants more shops and malls such as the V.K Mall to encourage potential investors and buyers alike. The official opening ceremony of the mall was also attended by the President of the Republic, Sir Anerood Jugnauth.