The Institute of Engineers of Kenya (IEK) has lauded Chinese contractors for boosting Kenya’s construction sector.
Speaking during the launch of the 27th IEK International Conference on Wednesday, IEK president Nathaniel Matalanga said most of the public infrastructure projects are being implemented by Chinese firms.
“Chinese contractors have helped the country because they have better technology as well as new ways of labor-management that ensure projects are completed on time,” he told Xinhua.
Chinese contractors have been able to fill the gap for local contractors who lack the capacity, technology and financial muscle to undertake large scale projects. In addition, modern technology in steel and concrete gives them an edge over local contractors.
“We are also keen to learn how the Chinese engineering and construction community has been able to raise funds to undertake projects,” said Matalanga.
The conference will enable local engineers to exchange ideas and perspectives with global practitioners in the construction industry.
Up to 1,800 visitors from 15 countries are expected to attend the three-day event to be conducted both virtually and physically.