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Our Government’s Re-looking At National Building Code

Our Government’s Re-looking At National Building Code
President Major General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote with students at the international symposium on sustainable infrastructure on April 23, 2018. Photo: DEPTFO NEWS
April 24
10:00 2018

 

 

The Fijian Government believes there is a need for construction engi­neering experts to re-look at Fiji’s building code as the country continues to recover from Tropical Cyclone Win­ston.

Acting Minister for Disaster Management and Minister for Women Mereseini Vuniwaqa speaking at the International Engineering Symposium in Suva yesterday said engineer­ing experts would be able to provide recommendations on how the building codes could be effectively applied across different boundaries and sec­tors.

President Major General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote was chief guest at the symposium.

Ms Vuniwaqa while giving a breakdown on the impact of TC Winston said the Govern­ment was exploring an insur­ance package to keep compli­ance to a certain construction standard.

She said: “This is still in the design stage and requires both the identification of suitable insurance providers who are willing to work with homeowners as well as the identification of appropriate incentive schemes to ensure that this insurance package is relevant for Fiji.”

She added the involvement of the Fiji Institute of Engi­neers (FIE) was crucial to this work to ensure Fiji achieves the collective goal of building back better.

She added that the Construc­tion Implementation Unit (CIU) within the Ministry for Economy has received a wealth of support, notably from the FIE.

Three hundred participants from close to 30 countries at­tended the symposium.

The participants talked about modern day challenges in infrastructure and develop­ment.

Organised by the South Pa­cific Engineers Association, seven experts made presenta­tions on topics related to in­ternational engineering.

Purpose of the workshop

Association President Pratap Singh said there were many challenges and gaps within infrastructure devel­opment hence an Internation­al Engineering Symposium was hosted to address these issues.

Mr Singh said the purpose of the Symposium was to create awareness and engage with development partners, the Government and the pri­vate sector.

Local engineers; contrac­tors; planners; infrastructure regulators; hardware suppli­ers and officials from various government ministries also attended the event.

Mr Singh said there was a huge demand for civil engi­neers not only in the Pacific but all over the world.

Thirty secondary school stu­dents also attended the one-day symposium.

Mr Konrote said TC Winston caused close to $3 billion in damages to infrastructure.

He said there was a shortage of engineers worldwide and the numbers were not enough to meet the current market demand.

It affected engineering ser­vices especially for low and medium income earning countries.

“We are not only in need of more engineers to cater for the market demand but also need more economical meth­ods to meet the minimum standards.”

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