The Financial Intelligence Unit was established under section 9 of the Financial Intelligence and Anti Money Laundering Act in August 2002. It is the central Mauritian agency for the request, receipt, analysis and dissemination of financial information regarding suspected proceeds of crime and alleged money laundering offences as well as the financing of any activities or transactions related to terrorism to relevant authorities. The FIU has been a member of the Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units since 2003. Cooperation with other Egmont members as well as other counterparts is highly valued by the FIU. As a result, numerous Memoranda of Understanding have been signed to facilitate information exchange.
Since January 2016, further to amendments brought to the Asset Recovery Act 2011, the FIU has been assigned the functions of Asset Recovery. The FIU is now the Enforcement Authority under the Asset Recovery Act and also comprises a new division- the Asset Recovery Investigations Division (ARID) which performs the functions set out under this legislation, while reporting to the FIU Director.
In addition to the above functions, FIU is the AML/CFT regulator for the Real Estate and Jewelry sectors. Since May 2019, it is also responsible for the AML/CFT supervision of the three branches of the legal profession.
To protect the integrity of our financial system and contribute to the safety of our citizens through deterrence of money laundering and terrorist financing.
To be the leader in financial intelligence works in the region and be recognized worldwide as an FIU that adheres to international standards.