Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth has put together a solid team of experts to work on getting Mauritius off the European Union's blacklist of third countries that pose a risk to the bloc because of anti-money laundering deficiencies.
The Russian financier Alex Gerchik, ex-trader and briefly a reality TV star, has set up a subsidiary in Mauritius for his online trading platform. Companies of this type have mushroomed in the island's offshore hub as well in the Seychelles.
From 24 November to 4 December, the reputation of Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mauritius will lie in the hands of the Eastern and Southern Africa Anti-Money Laundering Group, a body of the global money laundering watchdog FATF.
The European Union's shock move to blacklist Mauritius for money-laundering and terrorist financing has sent investors scurrying for other markets, spreading alarm across the island's financial sector. But if private funds are running scared, European public agencies, major clients of the offshore centre, seem less distressed by the Commission's judgment.