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Leaders Kuwait 2019: Diversification for megaprojects

Khatib & Alami, Kuwait Bruckner discuss collaborations with regional and overseas contractors during CW's Kuwait summit

Diversification in Kuwait megaprojects panellists debated the state of the Gulf country's construction sector
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Diversification in Kuwait megaprojects panellists debated the state of the Gulf country's construction sector

The final panel discussion at Construction Week’s Leaders in Construction Summit Kuwait 2019 was titled Diversification in Kuwait megaprojects, comprising panellists discussing a range of topics related to projects delivery under the 2035 vision, and partnerships with international contractors.

The panel, which was moderated by BCLP senior associate Richard Dupay, comprised Khatib & Alami’s head for Kuwait, Shiraz Basma; senior manager for landscape architecture, urban planning and design, Marlon Van Maastricht; and Kuwait Bruckner’s construction manager Eng. Hani Garada.

During the session, Garada said that Kuwait Bruckner worked with both local and international contractors, but admitted that they preferred working with Kuwaiti contractors rather than those from overseas.

“Overseas contractors cannot complete contracts by themselves, they need local experience,” said Garada. “We are working with both local and international contractors, which is a win-win situation for both parties, but we prefer working with Kuwaiti-based firms.”

Basma said there is growing interest for international contractors coming into Kuwait, with Chinese consortiums being involved in the Silk City development through a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed in Beijing last year.

Construction Week’s Leaders in Construction Summit Kuwait 2019 was supported by Platinum Sponsor Khatib & Alami; Gold Sponsors BCLP, HFW, and Back Combined General Trading & Contracting Company (BCC); Silver Sponsor Asad United Group; Exhibitor Pinsent Masons; and Intelligence Partner ProTenders.

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