By Mhlengi Magongo | 2019-06-13
The Eswatini Construction Industry Council (CIC) yesterday launched its stakeholder’s forum at the Hilton Hotel in Mbabane.
Nhlanhla Dlamini the CEO of CIC said the reason of formulating a stakeholders forum is because one of the function of the council is to facilitate communication between industry stakeholders, all spheres of government, statutory bodies and the private sector.
“As provided for in section 19 of the CIC Act, the council shall constitute a construction industry stakeholders forum to inform it on matters that affect the development of the construction industry in Eswatini” he said.
Dlamini also added that the main objective of the forum is to providing a platform for stakeholders to work together with CIC on issues relevant to the industry. He mentioned that the forum brought with it broad and diverse experience and expertise to engage in policy and planning, and to drive improvement as well as reforms in the industry.
The CEO further mentioned that the forum aims to build a strong relationship as a foundation for robust discussions and to support collective responses to current and future challenges for the industry.
Minister of Public Works and Transport Chief Ndlaluhlaza Ndwandwe said the pivotal role behind the formation of stakeholder’s forum was to consider matters affecting the development of the industry and advise council on appropriate action to be taken in resolving matters.
“The stakeholders forum is drawn from a wide spectrum namely, organised labour, organised business, construction industry related bodies, clients, societies and consumer association. It is therefore clear that close collaboration between council, the stakeholders and the minister’s office creates an enabling environment for the efficient delivery of the country’s infrastructure, thus contributing to the growth of the economy of Eswatini,” he said.
The minister also added that CIC made remarkable strides considering the difficult conditions the council worked under. He said some of the glaring challenges were delayed payments to construction industry service providers.
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