The National Construction Authority co-hosted a forum with the International Finance Cooperation, a part of the World Bank, at Crowne Plaza, Upper hill on 27th June, 2018.
The event dubbed ‘Women in Road Construction’ saw more than three hundred female contractors from various parts of the country in attendance.
It was opened by Qs. David Mathu, Ag. General manager Research, Training and Capacity Building at the Authority. “It is very impressive to have so great a number of female contractors in the country,” he said. He encouraged them to make more such disciples in order to have an even greater number of female players in the industry.
Other key attendees were Eng. Jacinta Mwangi from the Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) who was the key note speaker of the day.
The panel present included Dr. Stephen Mogere from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Ms. Mildred Olango from Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA), Ms. Caroline Njue from Kenya Cereal Enhancement Programme Climate Resilient Agricultural Livelihoods Window and Ms. Melanie WitkaWoman Contractor of the Year (2014).
The participants were taken through panel discussions whose theme was: Excellence in Executing Road Contracts. Special interest was laid upon topics such as: Challenges of women in the road sector, role of public-private partnerships and joint ventures in road projects, access to finance and payments and performance management in road projects.
“I urge you to be more competitive in bidding for projects” stated Dr. Stephen Mogere, siting that the uptake of the thirty percent of all government procurements allocated to women, youth and persons with disability, was very low. “I would like to see full utilization of this opportunity. Go beyond the thirty percent and take over the remaining seventy percent as well,” he encouraged.
The event was also an opportunity for contractors to gain full (ten) continuous professional development (CPD) points that would facilitate their annual renewal of contractor practicing license applications at NCA, a process whose deadline was 30th June, 2018.