NCA Launches NaCRA and CIO
The National Construction Authority on 15th June, 2021 launched the National Construction Research Agenda (NaCRA) and Construction Industry Outlook (CIO). The National Construction Research Agenda is designed to involve key stakeholders in determining and prioritizing research in the construction industry in Kenya through eight thematic areas while the Construction Industry Outlook is the channel through which the Authority will publish key outputs of NaCRA as part of its wider research dissemination efforts.
In his speech, read at the launch on his behalf by Principal Secretary State Department for Public Works Maj. Gen. (Rtd) Dr. Gordon Kihalangwa, CBS, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing & Urban Development and Public Works, James Macharia noted that research is a core function of the National Construction Authority, and that in the recent past National Construction Research Agenda (NaCRA) has provided a basis by which research studies have been carried out in the construction industry.
“NaCRA seeks to bring together industry players including policy makers and training institutions to discuss and identify critical issues affecting the industry in relation to research, innovation and business development. The second NaCRA (2020-2024) will provide an important avenue for the implementation of research outcomes and findings that are beneficial and address myriad challenges in the industry. This will be actualized with the support of the industry stakeholders.” Concluded the Cabinet Secretary’s speech.
While making his own remarks earlier on, Principal Secretary State Department for Public Works Maj. Gen. (Rtd) Dr. Gordon Kihalangwa, CBS underscored the importance of sharing of information as it arrests duplication of research studies and hailed the impact the upcoming Centre for Construction Industry Development (CCID) will have in enhancing research capacity and general improvement of the construction industry. “I would also like to urge Institutions of Higher learning that the eight thematic areas highlighted can birth many other areas to be looked into in terms of research” he added.
In his address, NCA Board Chairman Qs. David Gaitho said that NCA developed the National Construction Research Agenda to spearhead research in the construction industry and provide local solutions through partnership frameworks to allow and encourage research amongst stakeholders in the construction industry.
NaCRA 2020-2024 was realized through the efforts of the Special Committee to Review NaCRA 2014-2017. The Committee comprises representatives of key stakeholders in the construction industry and is Chaired by Dr. Eng. Christopher Mbatha who is deputized by Dr. Edwin Oyaro. The Multi-Agency team for Construction Industry Outlook was led by Isaac Ndegwa.