Cabinet Secretary-Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi and Principal Secretary-State Department of Public Works Prof. Arch. Paul Mwangi Maringa on Tuesday, 1 March, 2016 graced the opening ceremony of the third CIBEX and SCALEX East Africa Trade Fair and Exhibition.
The trade fair which runs through to 3rd March, 2016 is organized through partnerships in infrastructure development is aptly themed “Building East Africa’s Future”. The fair is a collaborative effort of 23 partners drawn from the East African Community, the Governments of Kenya and Germany, private sector from Kenya and Germany and the media. At least 35 firms representing construction, energy, logistics and the media sectors are showcasing their core mandates and merchandise.
Noting that exhibition has a long history in sharing and exchanging technology and knowledge, the Principal Secretary welcomed the exhibitors and observed that Europe is renowned for multi-cultural and international presence and excellence. He thus hailed their role in business development not only in Kenya, but also in the region and in Africa. He emphasized the value of infrastructure in opening up the economy.
State Department of Public Works as custodian of the construction industry in Kenya is a principal consumer of the technology, experience and know-how that will be showcased during exhibition. He highlighted the role of State Department as: Works Policy and planning; research; and setting and regulating standards for the construction industry in Kenya. This mandate is realized in partnership with its surrogates: National Construction Authority (NCA); Board of Registration of Architects and Quantity Surveyors (BORAQS); and the Buildings Inspectorate.
In his keynote address, the Cabinet Secretary thanked the organizers for creating a platform for sharing information and best practice and urged Kenyan industry players to learn and apply the technologies, synergies and partnerships being showcased in the fair. He welcomed innovations that would help the construction industry keep up with contemporary practice; and encouraged investors to explore the opportunity presented by the profound infrastructure development stance that Kenya aspires in realization of the Vision 2030.