Smart City Scheme in Mauritius: Fostering Sustainable and Innovative Urban Environments

The Smart City Scheme in Mauritius, launched by the Board of Investment in 2015, is a visionary program that aims to create sustainable and innovative urban environments. The scheme envisions the development of smart cities that integrate work, life, and play, fostering a harmonious balance for residents and businesses alike.

Vision and Objectives

The Smart City Scheme envisions creating an economic development program that makes Mauritius a fully-fledged finance and international business hub. The program houses the ideal housing, living, and play conditions merged with modern urban planning and digital solutions. Once these projects come into completion, Mauritius will be listed among global smart countries. Such projects raise a country’s status to a center of technology, knowledge, and economic development. It also contributes to better economic cycles and higher life quality.

Specific Projects

The Smart City Scheme has approved over ten license holders, including Moka City, Uniciti, Mon Tresor Smart City, Cap Tamarin Smart City, Beau Plan Smart City, Royal Saint Louis, New Montebello Development Ltd, Hermes Properties Ltd, Yihai Investment Ltd, and Mon Choisy Smart City. These projects aim to create exemplary neighborhoods and promote innovation to support the country’s competitiveness [1].

Commitment to Sustainable Development

The aim of a Smart City project is to create working, living, and leisure spaces that are environment-friendly. These smart cities are designed to generate their own resources in terms of energy and water, provide state-of-the-art connectivity, offer smart modern transportation, and reduce traffic congestion [1]. For instance, the Mont Choisy Smart City aligns itself with a comprehensive social and environmental responsibility program to support local communities and protect the environment3.

High-Quality Living Spaces

The Smart City projects are not just about infrastructure and technology; they are about creating high-quality living spaces that prioritize community building and environmental preservation. The commitment to sustainable development, economic growth, and technology integration positions these smart cities as exemplars of innovation and environmental stewardship. The projects are set to provide high-quality public spaces to foster community building, further contributing to the well-being of residents [2].

By integrating these elements into the Smart City projects, Mauritius is poised to achieve significant global recognition as an intelligent island. The commitment to sustainable development, economic growth, and technology integration positions these smart cities as exemplars of innovation and environmental stewardship.

Projects issued with a Smart City Certificate

FAQ

What is the Smart City Scheme in Mauritius?

The Smart City Scheme is a scheme by the Mauritian government to promote the development of self-sufficient “smart cities” that integrate sustainable solutions and technology.

What are the key objectives of the Smart City Scheme?

The key objectives are to promote Mauritius as an intelligent, innovative and sustainable island, offer integrated sustainable solutions to ensure minimum wastage and maximum comfort, and provide long-term benefits for citizens and future generations.

Which specific projects have been issued with a Smart City Certificate?

  1. Mon Trésor Smart City Ltd
  2. Cap Tamarin Ltée
  3. Uniciti Ltd
  4. Moka City Ltd
  5. Mauritius Jinfei Economic Trade and Cooperation Zone Co. Ltd
  6. Beau Plan Development Ltd
  7. Mont Choisy Smart City Ltd
  8. Hermes Properties Ltd
  9. Yihai Investment Ltd
  10. Royal Saint Louis Development Ltd
  11. New Montebello Development Ltd
  12. Cote D’Or Data Technology Park Ltd
  13. Saint Felix Smart City Ltd

What incentives are available to smart city companies and developers under the scheme?

Incentives include 8 years tax holiday on specific activities, VAT recovery on buildings and infrastructure, customs duty waivers on capital goods and furniture, accelerated annual allowance on energy-efficient equipment, and accelerated depreciation on manufacturing premises.

How does the Smart City Scheme contribute to the sustainable development of Mauritius?

The scheme promotes self-sufficient smart cities focused on minimum wastage, maximum comfort, and long-term benefits for citizens, aligning with sustainable development.

What are the eligibility criteria for companies and developers to participate in the Smart City Scheme?

The eligibility criteria for companies and developers to participate in the Smart City Scheme in Mauritius include compliance with the requirements set by the Board of Investment of Mauritius. The scheme is open to both local and foreign companies and developers willing to invest in the development of smart cities, with a focus on promoting diversity in business locations and attracting investments in various sectors such as education, health, research and development, biotechnology, finance, information and communication technology (ICT), manufacturing, hospitality, energy, logistics, and urban management solutions

How does the scheme promote innovation and technology integration in the development of smart cities?

By focusing on “smart technology” and “pioneering innovation” at the core of smart city developments.

What are the long-term benefits of the Smart City Scheme for citizens and future generations?

The long-term benefits highlighted include ensuring minimum wastage, maximum comfort, and self-sufficient cities for the benefit of all citizens and future generations.

How does the scheme align with Mauritius' vision of becoming an intelligent, innovative, and sustainable island?

The Smart City Scheme directly promotes Mauritius as an intelligent, innovative and sustainable island in its key objectives. The scheme develops self-sufficient smart cities integrating sustainable solutions and technology.

My Personal view:

The Smart City Scheme in Mauritius is a forward-thinking initiative aimed at developing self-sufficient cities with integrated sustainable solutions, positioning Mauritius as an intelligent, innovative, and sustainable island. The scheme offers attractive incentives to smart city companies and developers, including an 8-year tax holiday on specific activities and customs duty exemptions. The focus on diverse business locations and the issuance of Smart City Certificates to specific projects demonstrate a comprehensive approach to economic and social development. The scheme holds the potential to significantly contribute to the long-term well-being of all citizens and future generations, aligning with Mauritius’ vision for sustainable growth. For further inquiries, please feel free to leave a comment or contact me directly.

Sources

[1] Living and investing in an urban area of the future

[2] Mauritius: The Intelligent Island [3] official government information on smart city scheme
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