COVID-19 : The Construction Industry

Date : Thursday 7th May 2020

Time : Mauritius time: 14:00 hrs

Duration: 1 hour

Panelists :

Fredéric Polenne, GM, Gamma Materials


Frederic POLENNE, Président de BMMA (Building Materials Manufacturers Association), General Manager de Gamma Materials Ltd, actif depuis 15 ans dans le secteur des matériaux de construction, aggrégats, béton et produits préfabriqués en béton en tant que Manager et CEO sur des territoires insulaires à travers le monde.

Ravi Gutty, Vice Chairman, Association of Building and Civil Engineering Contractors

Mr. Gutty

– has 20 years of industry-focused experience.

– holds a Diplôme d’Ingénieur de l’Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon (INSA Lyon, Grande Ecole d’Ingénieur, France), Spécialité Génie Civil et Urbanisme equivalent to a Master Degree in Civil Engineering and City Planning.  

– is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Gamma Construction Ltd.  

– is the Representative of BACECA on the Council of the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB).     

The CIDB is a statutory body and operates under the aegis of the Ministry of National Infrastructure and Community Development. Its overriding objective is to promote the development and improvement of the construction industry.

– is a Registered Professional Engineer of the Council of Registered Professional Engineers of Mauritius (CRPE).

– is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Engineers of Mauritius (IEM).  


Kentish Moorghen, CEO, Prime Pillar

The perennial consideration pertaining to whether someone is really an expert in their field is a valid one. It usually has to do with stunted academic growth with self-imposed limits on the transition from student to full-time worker. Soopaya Moorghen (Kentish), CEO and founder of the Prime Pillar Group, has sought to transcend those limits by being a lifelong student of the real estate industry while remaining an active practitioner.

His initial foray into the workplace occurred after an intense and enriching experience studying a Bachelor in Commerce from the University of Bombay and an MBA in Finance from Symbiosis International Business School. Starting off as a financial controller, Kentish climbed the professional ladder at a rapid pace, ending up as Real Estate Manager at Currimjee Jeewanjee Properties Ltd as early as 2001.

Making a name for himself in the industry, our founder eventually completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management in 2009 and an MBA in Construction and Real Estate in 2010, both from the prestigious UK-based University of Reading. Kentish founded Prime Pillar Limited in 2010. For his work with the Prime Pillar Group, our founder received a nomination at the Real Estate Leadership Award in 2016, where he won the Real Estate Super Achievers Award.

As a leader of the real estate industry in Mauritius, he became a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in 2012 before reaching the much-coveted position of Fellow of the RICS in 2019.

Vincent Vibert, GM, L'Express Property

Vincent has more than 23 years of brand management, advertising, medias & digital marketing experience.

Consulting Expert : Richard Wooding, Director, Matrix-8

Moderator : Sanjeev Ghurburrun, Director, Geroudis Limited

In many countries construction sites have already been authorized to restart in an attempt to reduce pressure on the economy. Do we expect a similar start in Mauritius? And what about the market – is there a change to be expected in markets relating to distribution channels, raw materials, site management and customer demand?

The webinar seeks to provide an overview of the challenges of the construction industry and how what it considers the market to be going forward, and more specifically relating to:

• Customer demand for Domestic projects, IRS, malls and other construction
• Continuation of existing projects
• Manpower and costs
• How to adapt

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