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Mauritius government hosts workshop to boost construction

Mauritius government hosts workshop to boost construction

With the construction sector expected to shrink 9.4% this year, the government of Mauritius is going all out in its efforts to arrest the decline. (Image: Government of Mauritius)

With the construction sector expected to shrink 9.4% this year, the government of Mauritius is going all out in its efforts to arrest the decline.

Accordingly, a half-day workshop aimed at helping small and medium contractors to develop a professional understanding of the construction procurement process was held today at the Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre, Bell Village. The Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Public Infrastructure, National Development Unit, Land Transport and Shipping, Anil Bachoo, was present at the occasion.

The workshop, organised at the initiative of the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB), is a consultation exercise undertaken with stakeholders to thresh out the draft ‘Guide of Estimating and Bidding’ which has been developed in collaboration with the Mauritius Association of Quantity Surveyors. The CIDB is giving potential users the opportunity to express their views on the guide before it is finalised.

Bachoo noted that CIDB has run several programmes and workshops to help small and medium contractors improve their knowledge and skills. The Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, through the Procurement and Policy Office, is also trying to see how they can encourage and increase the participation of these contractors in the procurement of public works, he added.

Bachoo highlighted that the number of district contractors has been increased from five to ten. Other measures are also being considered to assist small and medium contractors to operate at the level of district contractors.

Many of these contractors do not have a clear understanding of the procurement process and this is a major weakness which is often the root cause of business failure, the minister noted. While they have the experience and the capabilities, yet they are unable to succeed when bidding, especially for public works, he stated.

Consequently, it was deemed necessary to develop the guide for small and medium contractors to explain to them the estimation process and help them acquire the basic skills in preparing estimates for bidding with a methodic approach, Bachoo pointed out.

Furthermore, in its endeavour to improve develop construction agreements and contracts, the CIDB has come up with the Conditions of Contract for Minor Works to provide the construction sector with an additional choice from among existing contracts developed in other sectors. The new format of the Forms of Contract for Minor Works developed by CIDB is a user-friendly document which takes into account the local context and level of understanding of small and medium contractors.

Source: Government of Mauritius

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