Business News of Sunday, 5 August 2012
Five associations are in discussions to build a consensus on the establishment of the Ghana Contractors Association Council and help speed up the development of the construction industry.
The contractor associations are seeking to leverage on the synergies of the various associations to speak with one voice through the Ghana Contractors Association Council on issues affecting the construction practice and development in the country.
Barring any challenges, the Ghana Contractors Association Council is expected to be inaugurated before the end of September and will be responsible for liaising with stakeholders on the formulation of policies for the industry and the establishment of an independent regulatory body to bring sanity into the construction industry.
Mr. Rockson Dogbegah, the Technical Committee Chairman of the Association of Building and Civil Engineers and Contractors ( ABCECG) said the fragmentation of associations did not augur well for the continuous development of the construction industry.
The Council, he said, would be made up of only members from recognised Contractor Associations and shall be the highest body of all Contractors Association in Ghana.
It will represent Building Contractors; Road Contractors; Mechanical Contractors; Electrical Contractors and GREDA. All decisions that shall be made by GCAC will supersede all decisions by the individual Associations that have signed to be part of it,” he said.
Mr. Dogbegah said the GCAC would present a harmonised front on all issues affecting the growth and development of the construction industry in Ghana, mouth piece of all contractors on all national issues, facilitate capacity development of contractors and serve as a link between stakeholders and all Contractors in Ghana among others.
On the formation of the independent regulatory body, he said frantic efforts were being made to have it established next year.
“With the research findings we have now which took account of other construction developments across the world such as Malaysia, South Africa and Singapore among others. We believe the documents and the research materials that government needs to support our call are now available and hope government responds to our calls for a regulatory body to be established by 2013” he said.
Mr. Dogbegah expressed concern about the lack of a comprehensive government policy for the construction industry and cited South Africa, the United Kingdom and Malaysia as some of the country whose construction industries were booming due to the establishment of organisations to regulate their activities
The President of ABCECG, Martins Nnuro, said contractors were determined to pursue excellence in order to ensure sustainable infrastructure in the country.
He called on government to support the industry’s growth saying that government and contractors are development partners.**