The National Construction Authority has conducted successful construction industry policy stakeholder forums across the country between the 18th and 19th June, 2018.
During the forums held in twelve regions, stakeholders in the built environment industry got a chance to present their opinions, suggestions and concerns to members of the taskforce which comprises of the State Department of Housing and other institutions drawn from both the private and public sector, and is chaired by Eng. Jane Mutulili of the Institution of Engineers of Kenya.
The agenda for the policy was first set after the Annual Construction Research Conference and Exhibition in 2016. (Now International Construction Research Conference and Research Exhibition- ICORCE).
The policy formulation process got into top gear on 8th May, 2018 when the forty six man taskforce was commissioned in an event graced by Housing Principal Secretary Charles Hinga Mwaura. The PS hailed the efforts towards realization of the policy as visionary. “I am proud of the strides being made towards ensuring this industry is streamlined. The only way we can achieve proper development is to have everything anchored on and supported by strong policy,” he said.
The policy’s main objective is to create a well-coordinated, dynamic, vibrant, competitive and sustainable construction industry and will cover: business development, quality assurance, materials, equipment and technology, sustainability, capacity building, research and development, ethics and practice as the main thematic areas
Other objectives that it will seek to realize will be to strengthen the capacity of local stakeholders in achieving efficiency and effectiveness, encourage public-private partnerships and joint ventures in the undertaking of various construction works, formulation of clear guidelines and strategies toward review and enforcement of existing legislation, to develop a framework for the enforcement of occupational health and safety regulations that will safe guard workers and to integrate processes from different bodies in order to provide efficiency in the time it takes to acquire construction works approvals.
The fora also served as alternative continuous professional development trainings for contractors that intend to renew their licenses as the Authority seeks to streamline this year’s license renewal process which is currently open until the 30th of June, 2018.