Kenyan engineers want agreements to foster cross-border services


Restrictive laws and policies in Africa’s construction sector are impeding engineers from offering their services across borders.

The Engineering Board of Kenya (EBK) is pushing for mutual recognition agreements amongst African Countries in order to facilitate partner trading services in the profession.

The second day of the Engineering Partnership Symposium in Mombasa sought to explore opportunities and partnerships that can propel the construction industry.

Key players decried restrictive rules in African countries that are hindering growth of the profession.

EBK Chair Erastus Mongera maintains mergers and joint ventures could increase the likelihood of Kenyan professionals securing businesses

Mongera says the board will further explore the possibility of joining and ratifying the Washington Accord that engineers say will help create mobility and international recognition for Kenyan engineers.

The Engineers are also lobbying the government to set aside 0.5pc of the infrastructure budget for the training of local engineers. The Engineers Board is in the process of harmonizing licensing fees for engineers to make them conform to international standards.


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