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Bank of Mauritius

Safeguarding the value of the currency of Mauritius

Established in 1967, the Bank of Mauritius is the central bank of Mauritius. It serves to safeguard the internal and external value of the currency of Mauritius and its internal convertibility, in addition to directing its policy towards achieving monetary conditions conducive to strengthening the economic activity and prosperity of Mauritius.

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Sir William Newton St,
Port Louis,
Mauritius

The Bank of Mauritius was established in September 1967 as the central bank of Mauritius. It was modelled on the Bank of England and was, in effect, set up with the assistance of senior officers of the Bank of England.

Initially, under the Bank of Mauritius Act 1966, the purposes of the Bank of Mauritius were to “safeguard the internal and external value of the currency of Mauritius and its internal convertibility’ and to ‘direct its policy towards achieving monetary conditions conducive to strengthening the economic activity and prosperity of Mauritius.” The Bank of Mauritius Act 1966 was repealed with the enactment of a new Bank of Mauritius Act in 2004. The main purpose of the Bank of Mauritius in that Act evolved to that of maintaining price stability and promoting the orderly and balanced economic development of Mauritius.

The Bank of Mauritius is also responsible for the formulation and execution of monetary policy consistent with stable price conditions. There is a Monetary Policy Committee which formulates and determines the monetary policy. This committee sits under the chairmanship of the Governor.

Besides its primary objective, the Bank of Mauritius also has the responsibility to ensure the stability and soundness of the financial system of Mauritius as well as the regulation of credit and currency in the best interests of the economic development of Mauritius.

The Bank of Mauritius is independent. Its Board is not subject to the direction or control of any other person or authority. The Bank of Mauritius has to be transparent in the conduct of its operations and has also to act equitably and uniformly and in accordance with sound administrative principles.

Bank of Mauritius

Sir William Newton St
Port Louis
Mauritius