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NCA Hosts ACoRCE 2017 Partners Breakfast

May 16th, 2017 / by mjenzi

The Authority on Tuesday, 9th May held a Partners Breakfast in preparation for the third edition of the Annual Construction Research Conference and Exhibition (ACoRCE 2017).

In attendance were representatives from the finance, manufacturing and academic sectors, as well as government agencies. Housing and Urban Development Principal Secretary Arch. Aida Munano was the event’s Chief Guest, and she lauded NCA’s resilience even when faced with major challenges. She also expressed anticipation for this year’s event.

“Research is a precursor to innovations and we can only address the issues that face us through research, hence our excitement with this focus by NCA. With clear, measurable and time bound projections, we will not fall into the trap of papers upon papers and conference after conference without tangible outcomes. We trust the research findings will eventually be commercialized and that this should be sooner than later,” the PS remarked.

PS Munano also advised on specific research areas that NCA should focus on, including opportunities brought about by the unavoidable rapid urbanization;traditional building technologies vis-a-vis emerging technologies within the Green Building Concept, financing models in relation to Housing Delivery (more so in Social Housing) and urban Rebnewal against the backdrop of informal settlements.

Also in attendance was NCA Chairman Steven Oundo, OGW and Executive Director Dr. Daniel Manduku. National Building Inspectorate Chairman Qs. Moses Nyakiongora and Trade Commissioners from the Belgian, New Zealand and English High Commissions were also in attendance.

Principal Secretary Arch. Aida Munano during the launch of ACoRCE 2016

Dr. Manduku remarked on the Authority’s research journey thus far, and noted that ACoRCE was a natural product of the National Construction Research Agenda (NaCRA), a stakeholder reviewed document that was published in 2015. NCA Research and Capacity Building General Manager Eng. Maurice Akech and Research Manager Qs. David Mathu made the Authority’s presentation to the guests, who were urged to partner with NCA in order to make ACoRCE the premiere research event across the continent.

ACoRCE 2017 will take place 1st-3rd November, and will be the main focus of the National Construction Week, taking place for the second year in a row. Also for the second year running, the Authority will partner with The Big 5 Construct East Africa, a major exhibition that will bring together almost 200 local and interbational exhibitors, spanning almost 20 countries.

This year’s event will also feature The Investment Hub, a mini-exhibition of key state agencies invoved in investment in the country. These include the Kenya Revenue Authority, the Kenya Bureau of Standards and KenInvest. The Hub will allow both local and international investors an opportunity to engage with these agencies at length, minimizing the cost and time of conducting business in the country.

Currently, the call for abstracts for presentations during the conference is now open. For more information, click HERE.