The National Construction Authority hosted a stakeholders forum alongside the Kenya Property Developers Association on Thursday, 18th February 2016 at the Intercontinental Hotel.

The forum, aimed at providing an interactive platform towards fostering stronger stakeholder relations, was attended by key sector players including private and public developers, real estate managers, manufacturers as well as representatives from regulatory authorities.

NCA’s Ag. General Manager, Eng. Raymond Karani, presented a progress report on compliance with Authority regulations, which is promising. ‘It is hoped that this will consequently prepare a competitive crop of local contractors, workers and skilled workers employable both locally and internationally with a positive contribution to employment of the Kenyan youths, while also helping the government reverse the negative balance of trade, ’ Eng. Karani said.

NCA Chairman Steven Oundo, OGW, applauded the developers for taking steps to ensure their projects were registered and their ley paid, noting that this was contributing a substantial chunk of the Authority’s expenditure, especially on training and quality assurance activities.

Mrs. Rose Muema, Chief Officer for Urban Planning at the Nairobi City County Government presented a report on ‘Development Compliance and Licenses.’ As part of her presentation, she was also able to highlight progress on the Nairobi Master Plan which will involve, ‘The development of projects in the outskirts of Nairobi to reduce its congestion as well as make the city active at night by making it operational 24 hours a day.’

The Master Plan also includes plans to build more bypasses and flyovers as well as building a Northern Collector that will improve water supply in the Nairobi region and its environs, ‘said Mrs. Muema. NCCG noted that all contractors and construction workers must be duly registered and accredited attesting they are properly qualified.

Some of the queries raised during the plenary session centred around the NCCG’s Nairobi Master Plan becoming a reality, interaction with the County Government (for developers) and the establishment of a Training Institute by NCA. It was an interactive and lengthy session that provided for all queries to be addressed and for guests to engage the panellists as well as KPDA officials.

Arch. Daniel Manduku, Executive Director and Registrar for the National Construction Authority gave a few remarks thanking participants for attending the forum and noting that it was a follow up to the stakeholders’ forum organized by KPDA in November 2014. He then welcomed the Chief Guest, Public Works PS Prof. Mwangi Maringa. Prof. Maringa encouraged all the sectors in the real estate industry to provide growth models that would help the economic growth of Kenya.

The Authority will continue to hold similar forums to ensure stakeholder inclusivity as it executes its mandate.