Maiden Africa construction confab opens tomorrow

    Over 200 participants from Ghana and other African countries are expected in Accra for the maiden Africa Construction Development Conference.

    The conference, slated for tomorrow and Thursday, is to create a platform for constructors, built environment professionals, and stakeholders in the construction industry on the continent to deliberate on how to develop the industry.

    The two-day conference is a prelude to the second edition of the National Contractors Excellence Awards slated for Saturday.

    Over 20 speakers and discussants from Egypt, South Africa, Malawi, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Ghana will address participants on a myriad of issues bordering on growth and development of the Construction Industry with the objective of creating construction giants on the continent of Africa.

    The conference and the Excellence Award are organised by the Association of Building and Civil Engineering Contractors of Ghana (ABCECG) in collaboration with the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

    Speaking ahead of the events, the President of ABCECG Martins Nnuro noted that the indigenous African construction firms are lagging behind its counterparts on other continents -- a situation, he added, that must change. He said the conference will therefore afford contractors the opportunity to listen to experts espouse their views on how to the change the industry's fortunes.

    Mr. Nnuro was hopeful that rich ideas will be shared during the conference, so that indigenous contractors can learn best practices in order to grow and be able to compete effectively.

    The Chairman of the Technical Committee of ABCECG, who also doubles as Chairman of CIOB Ghana Centre, said it is time African construction firms shared ideas and considered possible areas of partnership and other forms of collaboration.

    He explained that the conference is therefore apt for firms on the continent to build synergies and begin working toward joint projects as well as cross-border projects.

    Mr. Dogbegah said Ghanaian contractors will benefit immensely from the conference and therefore urged them to register and participate. “For lack of knowledge my people perish: we don’t want to perish, so we are assembling the best minds to inform us about the best way to also build our capacity and become construction giants for absolutely no charge,” he indicated.

    Mr. Dogbegah said ABCECG is determined to lead change in the construction industry, adding that the conference is one of the methods being employed.

    He emphasised that the conference is on construction development and therefore open to all contractors as well as built environment professionals such as engineers, surveyors and architects.

    ABCECG has earmarked a number of events to celebrate this year’s Excellence Awards. It began with a football gala played among five different contractors associations last week Friday.

    The awards event itself is slated for Saturday -- however there will be a tree-planting exercise and tour to the Akosombo Dam before the occasion.

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