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The Mauritian Pavilion draws thousands of visitors on the official launch of MIPIM 2017

The 28th MIPIM gathering of the world’s leading real-estate professionals officially opened on Tuesday, 14th March 2017 in Cannes. Dr. Parag Khanna, a leading global strategist, delivered the keynote address entitled ‘How connectivity and geography affect the future of global affairs’, which established the underlying theme of the 2017 MIPIM edition.

According Dr. Parag Khanna, an international relations expert and author of Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization andSenior Research Fellow at the Centre on Asia and Globalisation at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, increasing connectivity is poised to push back national borders and give more power to connected people and organizations.

Exhibition: Mauritius Stand

With 19,000m2 dedicated to exhibition space, MIPIM remains the premier exhibition offering unique prospects and meeting opportunities for key international stakeholders. Mauritius has secured a strategic location along the main aisle of the Palais Des Festivals’ exhibition area.


BOI has a booth of about 60 square metres and the stand has been branded ‘Mauritius Pavilion’ and it is accessible only to main sponsors. On the first day of the event, the Mauritius Pavilion received a great deal of attention and interest from approximately 1000 visits from institutional investors, developers and service developers among others. 

Visit of Mr. Chritian Estrosi

Since the opening of MIPIM, several presentations and business meets with leading real estate companies took place on the stand which allows face-to-face meetings. 

The stand also received the visit of Mr. Christian Estrosi, the President of the Regional Council of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, who has had a long career in politics, having occupied prominent posts within the French government. During the meeting of Mr. Christian Estroni with the Managing Director Ken Poonoosamy, they broached on the collaborations between Mauritius and Cote D’Azur on investment matters and how Mauritius can be a location of expansion of French investors.

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The Board of Investment delegates were also received on the stand of Communauté d'agglomération Sophia Antipolis (La CASA) and le Conseil de Developpement de la Metropole.

Mauritian delegation: Strategic partnerships

The Mauritian delegation also comprises ten real-estate development market captains, notably Trimetys, ENL, JinFei, Omnicane and Medine along with prominent luxurious residential property players like Barachois Villas Company, Grand Baie 38, Royal Park Balaclava, Safari Lodge, and United Docks Limited.

Working collaboratively in a dedicated pavilion, the delegation demonstrates that Mauritius offers a global proposition while showcasing the diverse investment opportunities across the country. Amid the most influential players in the global property market, the Mauritian promoters are seeking strategic partnerships, collaborations and development associates to boost development, attract real-estate investment, and explore new innovative avenues and concepts.

Along this wave, Omnicane Group, one of the smart cities developers, signed an MOU with Wilhelm & Co Group on the Mauritius Pavillion with respect to the mall development. 

Meetings and Conferences

During the event, the Managing Director of the Board of Investment, Ken Poonoosamy secured invitations for exclusive events, organized by MIPIM and led by political leaders and key decision makers, notably:

  1.  Leader`s Breakfast - an elite event gathering corporate senior officials and the opening ceremony’s keynote speaker for an exclusive private discussion, where the Managing Director had the chance to present the different Mauritian real estate and development projects.

  2.  Hotel and Tourism Lunch - an event dedicated to discover new business trends in the Hotel & Tourism sector.

  3. MIPM US Breakfast– an exclusive closed door session where current market trends would be discussed.

  4. Mayors & Political Leader’s - an event which gathered 80 of the world’s political leaders to discuss closed-door key issues related to the 2017 main theme.

During the event, the Board of Investment shall also attend conferences which address the following themes:

i. Creating great cities: how to compete successfully?

ii. Which capital cities in Europe have most to gain from Brexit?

iii. Using 3D mapping for RE and property management, how to benefit from this technology today?

iv. Blockchain: what are the opportunities and challenges of peer-to-peer RE?

v. How to build cities together?

vi. Canadian funds: which approaches, which strategies for the RE industry?

vii. How to think in advance the cities of tomorrow?

viii. How can smart mobility make cities smarter?

ix. How can CRE technology unlock the financial power of data?


 16 March 2017