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Mauritius amends construction industry development act to ease regularisation

Mauritius amends construction industry development act to ease regularisation

Mauritius has amended its Construction Industry Development Act to provide for the extension of the transition period for the registration of consultants and contractors, the registration of foreign contractors and review the composition of the Construction Industry Development Council. (Image: jobmail.co)

Mauritius’ Minister of Public Infrastructure and Land Transport, N. Bodha, presented the Construction Industry Development Board (Amendment) Bill in the National Assembly on March 14, 2015, with the main purpose of the amendment being to extend the transition period in order to provide consultants and contractors with enough time to regularise their position.

The amended act now provides extension of the transition period for the registration of consultants and contractors, the registration of foreign contractors and the review of the composition of the Construction Industry Development Council (CIDB).

N.Bodha highlighted to the house that the reason why consultants and contractors in the construction industry hesitate to be registered and operate as a regulated entity was mainly due to the compliance framework which requires adherence to a number of criteria that will determine their real capabilities.

The minister also pointed out that a grading system has been introduced, allowing contractors to undertake construction contracts up to a certain amount in accordance with their experience and capabilities.

The construction industry is facing a difficult phase currently and is urgently in need of an improved regulatory framework which will help to facilitate the registration of consultants and contractors through the provision of a more comprehensive legislation to enable the CIDB to fulfil its role more diligently with utmost effectiveness and efficiency, said N.Bodha

It may be noted that the growth rate of the Construction Industry has plummeted from a record positive of 11.1% in 2008 to negative 9.4% in 2013, followed by another negative growth rate of 6.7% in 2014 and the situation has become particularly alarming over the past two years. In fact, the negative performance of the construction industry is adversely impacting the economic development of the country.

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