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Builders To Look To FCEF Affiliation To Lift Role

The Fiji Master Builders Association Inc. is looking to affiliate itself with the largest representative of the private sector organisations, the Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation. This is to efficiently
12 Jun 2015 09:45
Builders To Look To FCEF Affiliation To Lift Role
Artist impression for part of Momi Bay redevelopment. The development is one of the ongoing projects that has contributed to our booming construction industry.

The Fiji Master Builders Association Inc. is looking to affiliate itself with the largest representative of the private sector organisations, the Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation.

This is to efficiently bring positive changes to the construction industry as it experiences a current boom.

With this affiliation president Vijay Raghwan hopes that many of the association’s underlying issues and concerns will be properly addressed.

“We want to be able to associate ourselves with an organisation that will give us ‘teeth’ on the issues that we want to take at a national level,” Mr Raghwan said.

“This we know will require all stakeholders to come onboard.”

He said this during the Association’s monthly meeting at the Vine Yard Palace Restaurant on Wednesday.

Some of these issues were on licencing of builders, builder contract updating, reviving the apprenticeship training, education and awareness, legal issues like introducing a insurance scheme for builder and client.

Another issue was to revive the Construction Industry Council, the umbrella which most of the construction industry stakeholders, like the association comes under.

FMBA Inc. secretary/treasurer Robin Storck said: “This is the supreme council of the construction industry in Fiji.

“It includes the architects, the engineers, the builders, the suppliers and from here this is where the licencing of builders will occur.”

It is understood the Construction Industry Council faded in 2009 following the Global Financial Crisis and Fiji’s political upheaval.

But the country has seen a major growth and positive indicators.

The licencing of builders, Mr Storck said, would be a two-way protection; ‘to give everybody a good name’.

The licencing of builders would enable instances where builders do not complete their projects because they had undervalued the bid from a particular client.

In other cases, the client has not the builder for the work done.

Training programme

On apprenticeship, the association is also looking to revive the dying Apprenticeship Training introduced in the past.

“To an extent it was compulsory. So we got apprentices or young people and this gave us more staff instead of having to import.

“All the members of this association are very keen in getting that going once again.”

He said this will, to an extent also cut back on the number of obvious tradesmen import some contractors were doing from the Philippines and Indonesia.

Mr Storck admitted the association was not doing much in this area because of the cost that came along with it.

To this end, there was a general consensus to map out a possible subsidising of the different forms of training and education that needs to be looked into at national level.

“Maybe if you have apprenticeship or onsite training or have an instructor from a university, that would get members and industry working.

“We want to work with Government and we’re very pleased with what is happening at the moment.”

There are about 33 members of the association.

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