International Banking

Key Facts

International Banking

Barclays Mauritius - International Banking caters for the banking needs of international non-resident entities and individuals, whose primary economic interests are outside Mauritius. We offer a wide range of international products and services for global and large corporate clients, foreign institutional investors such as private equity funds, investment funds, trusts, insurance companies and high net worth individuals.

Barclays Mauritius was established in 1919 and was the first bank to obtain an international banking licence. As the pioneer of international banking in Mauritius, Barclays is strategically positioned for a new world of emerging business opportunities between Africa, Asia and the rest of the world.

Leveraging its financial strength, international footprint and world-class expertise, Barclays can help you capitalise on the potential that Mauritius provides for regional financial markets.

Mauritius is an International Finance Centre that provides an ideal business environment for international companies. Global business companies incorporated in Mauritius engage in a wide range of activities, such as regional treasury centres, administrative headquarters, centralised procurement platform, trading offices, or distribution outlets within the vibrant Freeport.

The corporate vehicles available to carry out global business activities from Mauritius are companies holding a Category 1 Global Business Licence (GBC1) or Category 2 Global Business Licence (GBC2). Other entities available are Trusts, Protected Cell Companies, Limited Partnerships, Global Funds and Foundations.

Barclays Mauritius is part of the Barclays Africa Group which is one of the largest financial services providers in Africa. We combine our global product knowledge and regional expertise with an extensive, well established local presence across the continent.

Barclays Africa Group was formed through combining Absa Group Limited and Barclays’ African operations on 31 July 2013. Reflecting the enlarged group’s pan-African focus, our name changed from Absa Group Limited to Barclays Africa Group Limited on 2 August 2013.

Our registered head office is in Johannesburg, South Africa and we have majority stakes in banks in Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania (Barclays Bank Tanzania and National Bank of Commerce), Uganda and Zambia. We also have representative offices in Namibia and Nigeria as well as bancassurance operations in Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa and Zambia.

Barclays Bank Kenya and Barclays Bank Botswana continue to be listed on their respective stock exchanges. Barclays Bank PLC has operations in Egypt and Zimbabwe which are an integral part of our African business and continue to be run by Barclays Africa Group management.

Global Business Companies

Barclays Mauritius - International Banking provides a range of products and services through a dedicated team of relationship management professionals. Our team is the main point of contact for Management Companies and other intermediaries. We deliver a relationship proposition that adds value at all levels of contact and acts as the single gateway into Barclays Mauritius and the wider group. The Global Business Clients which are referred to us by Management Companies include:

  1. Category 1 Global Business Companies (GBC1)
  2. Category 2 Global Business Companies (GBC2)
  3. Trusts
  4. Partnerships
  5. Global Funds/Collective Investment Schemes (CIS)
  6. GBC 1 Protected Cell Companies
  7. Foundations

Corporate Clients

We provide a dedicated team who meet the needs of international corporate clients:

incorporated in Mauritius as Global Business Companies
incorporated or based in a country other than Mauritius, and
Global corporates

We offer a wide range of services and products to these clients which include the following:

International Money Payments through the Global Swift Network in all major currencies
Deposit products namely Call and Term Deposit Accounts
Structured Investments
Multi-Currency cheque book
US Dollar and EURO Deferred Debit Cards
Internet Banking
Credit facilities - short term loans and working capital finance, medium and long term loans in a variety of sectors
Structured financing
Foreign exchange and derivatives transactions
International trade finance instruments- LC issuance, guarantees, bill discounting and documentary collections
Syndicated Loan Market. Participation in syndicated loan market by actively seeking transactions in London/Far East /Africa
Escrow account services

Financial Institutions

We have a range of products to meet the business requirements of banking institutions and firms involved in the insurance sector.

Private Clients

Our business philosophy is to protect the wealth of our customers and clients and create the conditions and opportunities for them to grow their assets. We are the one-stop-shop for affluent clients, including beneficial owners, CEOs, directors, shareholders and associated parties of Category 1 and 2 Global Business Licensed Companies.

Our comprehensive range of products and services also keep pace with the latest changes within the financial services sector by catering for the needs of protected cell companies, special purpose vehicles, as well as settlors, beneficiaries and associated parties of trusts.


Contact us

For more information, please contact our:

Quick Service Desk
Telephone: +230 404 1010
Fax: +230 465 8220, +230 465 9054 or +230 465 4762

Our mailing address:

Barclays Bank Mauritius Limited
International Banking
1st Floor, Barclays House
68-68A Cybercity, Ebene