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Engagement is key for group

Filipe Naigulevu
Saturday, December 02, 2017

A GROUP of local concerned builders, subcontractors and suppliers is looking to actively engage more with Government in developing the local construction industry further.

And with the shortage of trade skills in Fiji, the group — Fiji Master Builders Association (FMBA) — is particularly looking to review the entry requirements for trade courses at technical training institutions.

This was one of the key messages to come out of the recent FMBA 56th annual general meeting held in Suva.

Re-elected president Vijay Raghwan has been given a fresh mandate by members to engage directly with Government on this.

In a statement, Mr Raghwan said the industry body was very encouraged with the level of active engagement they had with government ministries on various issues.

"There has never been a more pro-active and responsive Government than this, and as an industry, we hope to leverage off such meaningful dialogue," Mr Raghwan said.

"We have been in existence for 56 years now and for the first time, we have direct access to the key decision makers like never before. That is a huge plus for our industry."

Another key issue the FMBA hopes to discuss with authorities is the building code which they hope can enforce proper licensing and accreditation of all building contractors in the country.

This move was endorsed by FMBA member and Basic Industries chief executive officer Mosese Volavola.

"There needs to be a criteria for those who qualify as a master builder so we and the public can differentiate who is who in the industry," Mr Volavola said.

FMBA has also reminded their members to familiarise themselves with their building contracts.

Members have also been advised to brace themselves for a construction boom with major projects announced by Government and private investors.

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