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Jenkins: First council meeting positive

Manasa Kalouniviti
Saturday, February 03, 2018

THE strong turnout at the first council meeting for 2018 on Wednesday is a positive indication of the growing interest in the council activities, says Construction Industry Council (CIC) president Gordon Jenkins.

He said issues raised by members included the quality of building materials and consistency of supply, enforcement of relevant regulations and affordable housing.

"As the major link in the country's development, the CIC looks forward to working closely with government in resolving some of our challenges, as we continue to grow the economy together," Mr Jenkins said.

The meeting also heard of the major challenges confronting the industry including training and licensing and urgent calls were made by members for a review of industry standards, he said.

Mr Jenkins said a matter of importance at the meeting was CIC's plans to host an industry conference later in April that will provide a forum to discuss the concerns affecting efficiency and growth.

"The CIC also hopes to stage a trade show to run parallel to the conference, allowing suppliers and partners to showcase some of the latest products and services now trending in the construction sector," he said.

The CIC president said they would be inviting a cross section of the community both within and outside the industry as they needed a significant input at the conference to move forward.

The meeting was attended members from the Insurance Industry Council, quantity surveyors, project managers, Fiji Institute of Engineers, tertiary institutions, valuers, Fiji Association of Architects, developers, Consumer Council of Fiji, hardware suppliers, building manufacturers, Fiji Master Builders Association, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport as well as the SPC and the Asian Development Bank.

The council will hold its next meeting on February 28 in Suva.

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