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Bringing Art and Creativity to Business

- Creative Industries

The creative sector is increasingly becoming a valuable segment contributing to the local, regional and global economies by generating income, jobs and exports. As per the government’s vision the creative sector is a potentially new economic driver to stimulate growth, job creation and investment. In Mauritius, the creative economy is evaluated at 3.5 % of GDP, representing approximately 14 billion rupees.

In its endeavour to develop new sectors of activity within the creative arts industry, the Government of Mauritius has introduced the Film Rebate Scheme, which allows 30 per cent refund on all the Qualifying Production Expenditures (QPPE) incurred by a film producer in respect of his/her project in Mauritius.

Besides Feature Films, the Film Rebate Scheme applies to other category of production such as commercials, TV serials/programmes and documentary programmes.

To further improve operations efficiency, all applications for a new project and claim submission can be made online.

Applicants will need to register on the following link below the online application: https://business.edbmauritius.org/

The User Manual for online application of a new project is available.

The User Manual for submission of a new claim is available.

Several financial assistance schemes are currently made available by the government to local artists in the form of grants supporting film productions as well as funding to participate in international shows and events.

The Mauritius International Art Fair (MIAF) held in August 2019 has attracted some 120 artists from 45 countries. The main aim of this event was to propel Mauritius as a cultural hub on the global map, thus developing a new segment of cultural tourism as well as educating the business community about the value of art as an investment asset class.

To give a boost to local artist, EDB has also launched the EDB art gallery where emerging artists are given the opportunity to exhibit their artwork. Investors visiting the office are encouraged to purchase the artworks. Today there are more than 490 artists registered with the National Arts Gallery.