Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja was the Chief Guest at a welcoming cocktail for delegates of the Construction Industry Business Forum (CIBF) held at the Sankara Hotel on Wednesday, 7th November 2018.
CIBF is one of the side events of the International Construction Research and Exhibition (ICoRCE), specialized forum targeting business persons and investors in the construction industry. The one-day event, which took place on Thursday, 8th November, featured conversations on the opportunities and incentives in the construction industry. Pre-scheduled business to business (B2B) meetings were also held to further foster formation of partnerships.
The pre-event cocktail was an informal networking forum for the event delegates, and was attended by the Turkish Ambassador to Kenya, Ahmet Cemil Miroglu. Also in attendance was National Construction Authority’s Vice Chairman, Prof. Godrick Bulitia and Executive Director Eng. Maurice Akech, as well as Chris Kiblee, Senior Vice-President of DMG Events. DMG Events run the Big Five Construct East Africa, the official exhibition partner for ICoRCE.
Speaking at the event, Senator Sakaja said, “We are working hard to ensure that there is ease of doing business in this country, especially with Kenya’s very good performance in the 2018 World Bank Ease of Doing Business Index. The entire government, the Nairobi City County and myself as the Senator, we are all fully behind ICoRCE. We welcome all investors and anyone who wants to do business in Kenya because in Africa, we’re the one to watch.”
CIBF hosted almost 200 regional and international players in construction, manufacturing and affiliated industries. Delegates got a chance to discuss the current status, trends, challenges and opportunities in the aforementioned industries. Housing Principal Secretary Charles Hinga Mwaura was represented at the main forum by Housing Secretary Patrick Bucha; Institute of Quantity Surveyors of Kenya (IQSK) Registrar Qs. Jennifer Musyimi was the event moderator.