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The first contractor training of 2018 kicked off on the 25th and 26th of January at the Green Hills Hotel in Nyeri Town. The training was meant for contractors based in the Mt. Kenya region.
The training’s theme was Dispute Resolution and Litigation Management. The topics covered over the two day sessions were types of contractual disputes, causes of disputes in construction projects, litigation management, claims management and dispute resolution methods.
National Construction Appeals Board Chairperson Jane Michuki was in attendance and made a brief presentation. The Appeals Board is currently preparing to commence work, which will include hearing of appeals made by contractors against decisions of the NCA Board, especially suspension and deletion from the professional register of contractors.
Some of the methods used to solve disputes within the construction industry include mediation; adjudication, arbitration, expert determination and court proceedings.
The training comes at a time when the Joint Building and Construction Council has just rebranded. The Council is currently reviewing its standard form of contract, also known as The Green Book. The contract contains clauses on dispute resolution that are a form of reference for the industry, and is under review in order to offer a more comprehensive review of the industry. NCA recently hosted a stakeholders’ workshop with JBCC and will continue to partner with them during the review process.
The training also provided a forum for discussing other issues, with a plenary session featuring NCA Board Directors and other partners being the last activity on the training programme.
The next contractor training will take place at the Almond Resort in Garissa Town on the 13th and 14th of February, covering the North Eastern Region. The theme will be Tendering and Procurement Procedures in Construction.