CWQ Leaders in Construction: Meet a sponsor - RICS

The CWQ Leaders in Construction Summit is around the corner. Hear what Rob Jackson, director Middle East & North Africa, RICS has to say around the importance of the event

Rob Jackson, director Middle East & North Africa, RICS.
Rob Jackson, director Middle East & North Africa, RICS.

The CWQ Leaders in Construction Summit is coming

Hear what Rob Jackson, director Middle East & North Africa, RICS has to say around the importance of this red-letter event.

Why is it important that you support the CW: Leaders in Construction Qatar Summit?
It is important to discuss the adversities of the local market openly amongst construction leaders in an effort to highlight risks, transfer knowledge and seek resolution to the hot topics facing the industry today. Qatar is at an exciting point in its evolution and events like CWQ: Leaders in Construction Qatar Summit are pivotal in bringing together the industry to discuss challenges and potential collaborations within the region.

What do you think are the main challenges facing the construction industry in 2017?
There is still too much of a ‘master / servant’ contracting mentality. Clients must start early engagement with their supply chain, use ‘fairer’ contracts which share risk and move towards more collaborative delivery supported by adoption of dispute avoidance and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) mechanisms.

As the claims, arbitration and construction litigation ‘centre of the world’, we need to move away from the adversarial practices often seen. Projects then have more chance of being delivered on time and on budget, preserving relationships and avoiding ‘risk pricing’ from the supply chain.

What most excites you about the Qatar construction industry in 2017?
2017 will see many projects of national importance enter an advanced stage of construction. Projects such as Doha Port, Doha Metro and the National Stadiums are all taking shape, and the promises made by Qatar to the world in preparation for the FIFA World Cup are being realised.

Each project is individually fascinating; with elaborate architectural designs, latest technologies being used during construction and commissioning, in the lengths and measures used to ensure sustainability throughout the construction process, and the intricacy of the finishes.

What are the main topics you expect to come up at the CW: Leaders in Construction Qatar Summit?
As a result of Qatar’s aspiration to diversify from oil and gas and encourage foreign direct investment, CWQ: Leaders in Construction Qatar Summit must focus on the continued move towards professionalism and the adoption of improved standards which allows Qatar to ‘speak the same language’ as not only the rest of the region, but the rest of the world.

This move towards the adoption of consistent standards, such as International Property and Construction Measurement Standards (IPMS and ICMS) and International Ethical Standards (IES), helps to bring confidence to the market which leads to increased foreign investment, and economic longevity as per the nations diversification mandate.

These standards not only ensure a global approach to business and beyond, but also provide consistent measurement and thus reliable cost benchmarking and building performance metrics.

The summit must also consider what happens when the adoption of consistent standards isn’t enough and how parties avoid disputes or resolve disputes that do arise. Collaborative contracting supported by early intervention / conflict avoidance and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is key.

Lastly, it is important that the summit focuses on what happens after construction, and discusses how landmarks will be managed once they are complete. Subjects such as sustainability, facility management, asset management and how technology can best assist, should be at the top of Leaders agenda’s.

What are the latest product/service launches from your company?
We will continue to help governments and construction sector stakeholders realise the benefits of collaborative delivery, ADR, professional, ethical and technical international standards.

What other news can we expect from your company in 2017/2018?
The number of RICS professionals is expected to reach 200,000 by 2018, and we will continue to work with governments providing advice on key indicators of economic stability.

Diversity and Inclusion remains high on the RICS agenda, with associated companies now wishing to be recognised for such initiatives.

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