Construction industry to discuss challenges

THE Construction Industry Council is working with its associations to develop strategies towards solutions in its bid to address the challenges facing the sector.

Council president Gordon Jenkins said they were confident of finding a working solution to licensing and training and the upcoming CIC Conference would provide members with the vehicle to achieve it.

The council held its meeting last week at the Paradisio Restaurant in Suva where members discussed topics that have been affecting the construction industry.

“These meetings, while essential in keeping concerns to the forefront of the industry, focus on the need to go a step further, to formalise some of these concerns into action, and that is what the upcoming CIC Conference is all about,” said Mr Jenkins.

The CIC Conference will be held at the Warwick Resort on June 14, 15, and 16 this year.

Meanwhile Mr Jenkins said the sessions at the conference had been designed to not only encourage discussion but in the end, to produce resolutions, endorsed by delegates and the council would then share the resolutions with Government and other agencies towards implementation.

“Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) is high on our list as is the engineering cyclone certification of homes for insurance coverage; transport overloading penalties is a major concern of one of our members, as are the delays in Government approvals on construction projects.”

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