THE influx of unregulated builders has lowered the standards of construction and this reflects badly on the construction industry in Fiji.
This is the reason the Construction Industry Council of Fiji recently invited members of the building industry and other stakeholders to an open event in Nadi to share their opinions and priorities on the matter of builder licensing in Fiji.
Sigatoka Builders Limited projects manager Sharon Narayan said the council believed the introduction of builder licensing would raise professionalism among builders.
"This would be done by requiring them to meet minimum standards of management, ensure works are carried out as per the building code and standards, control workplace safety and be accountable to the end consumer," Ms Narayan said.
"This will assure consumers who are engaging a licensed builder that they are getting professional services for their money and in case of a dispute, they have an avenue to go to for resolving the dispute."
The council also invited the Consumer Council of Fiji, banks and insurance companies who play a pivotal role in project financing and issuing building insurance certificates.
The event concluded at the Capricorn Hotel in Martintar, Nadi on Tuesday.