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NCA officers led by members of its Board of Directors on Tuesday 6th of August took part in a workshop as part of the Authority’s role in a collaborative initiative with Kenya National Highways Authority aimed at formulation of a National Construction Strategy through the study “Assessment of Domestic Capacity of Construction Industry in Kenya and Development of a National Construction Strategy”
Speaking on behalf of The NCA board during the opening session of the forum, NCA director Engineer Zipporah Rotich thanked the stakeholders for making time for the strategic discussion while underscoring its pertinence. “It is very important to have this conversation at this time because it will help us as an industry and a nation to be effective and efficient in terms of resource use and alignment, and quality assurance in construction and the country’s infrastructure.” Said Eng. Zipporah.
On his part, NCA Ag. Executive Director Eng. Maurice Akech encouraged participants in the work shop to use the opportunity to have their input factored in the final strategy document. “The reason we are here is to engage you as a stake holder in this important industry, so give your views so that the document can be enriched further. We all belong to the local contest and this study is aimed at understanding the issues that our local contractors have been going through so that a strategy can be developed to address them enable these contractors to compete with their international counterparts” Said the Executive Director.
The research which is being conducted by international consultants aninver and with support from the African Development Bank looks at addressing six priorities areas namely: Access to finance, Quality Control, Monitoring and Evaluation of Performance, Public Sector Harmonization, Procurement Efficiency and Capacity Building.
The Event was attended by officials from KeNHA, Kenya Urban Roads Authority, Kenya Rural Roads Authority, National Buildings Inspectorate, European Union, Architectural Association of Kenya, Kenya Federation of Master builders, Departments within the Ministry OF Transport Infrastructure Housing Urban and Development and other development partners
In executing its mandate of regulating the construction industry and coordinating its development, NCA frequently carries out and commissions research through its Research and Business development department.