Objectives of the Conference
Besides being a pre-eminent learning event, the objective of the Project and Construction Professions Conference is to create a platform for discussing and developing strategic intervention programmes on growth, development and transformation of the industry, namely:
• To expose industry players and potential new entrants to the huge government opportunities for infrastructure development over the next ten (10) to fifteen (15) years as anticipated in the National Development Plan (NDP). These opportunities will stimulate economic growth that would contribute to the growth, development and transformation of the professions and the industry;
• To contribute to the improvement of standards and benefits to registered persons;
• To demonstrate the role of the construction and related sectors in the national developmental agenda;
• To create a platform for government to engage industry on key infrastructure projects for regional (SADC) integration;
• To create a platform for all stakeholders to discuss ways and means to roll-out a seamless mentorship programme and skills development in support of new entrants to the industry;
• To lay the basis for development and implementation of a growth path in the industry.
Who Should Attend?
This conference that will be addressed by several Ministers within the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Committee, Directors-General, Deputy Directors-General, Municipal Managers, CEOs and Chairmen of financial institutions, key international speakers from associated institutions as well as key industry players, academics and leaders of civil society is targeted at the following stakeholders:
• SACPCMP registered professionals
• Registered professionals in the built environment sector;
• Captains of the infrastructure industry;
• Contractors and consultants;
• Government officials at national, provincial and local government (including Heads of Department, Municipal Managers, CFOs, infrastructure delivery units, among others);
• State entities with infrastructure delivery units (CEOs, CFOs and infrastructure delivery units, among others);
• Regulatory bodies;
• Members of voluntary associations;
• Decisions makers from public and private financial sector institutions;
• Officials from public institutions active in the PICC;
• Key officials from the African Union and NEPAD.
Why Should You Attend?
The conference provides a unique platform inclusive of all the stakeholders in government, industry, civil society and academic institutions to share information, discuss and further drive the growth, development and transformation of the industry in South Africa. This forum offers all participants the opportunity to discuss, debate and exchange ideas and experiences in critical areas affecting the Project and Construction Management Professions and the industry. These include:
• Growth, development and transformation of the Project and Construction Management Professions;
• Exposure to public sector infrastructure procurement through the office of the Chief Procurement Officer;
• Enterprise development, job creation, skills development and mentorship of new entrants;
• Transformation of the built environment;
• Engaging youth creatively and fostering links with academic institutions;
• Delivery of economic infrastructure by both the state and the private sector to stimulate economic growth and create much needed jobs;
• Provide the latest trends and direction on pragmatic dispute resolution in the built environment aimed at reducing legal costs and timeframes for dispute resolution in the public and private sectors;
• Cooperation between institutions of higher learning and the industry in developing and advancing Project and Construction Management;
• Infrastructure development in Africa; and
• Creating a climate of trust to ensure that both the public and private sectors work together in infrastructure development and maintenance through Public Private Partnerships and other creative mechanisms relevant to the new conditions that exist globally as a result of the economic downturn that led to the contraction of international and local economies.
The conference will be addressed by national and global thought leaders and will include the private sector, ministers and senior government officials responsible for government’s infrastructure and the built environment; heads of State-Owned Enterprises with massive infrastructure delivery units; industry leaders and academics from leading institutions, among others.
Like most conferences, the networking emanating from this event may provide a fertile breeding ground for leveraging new partnership agreements or furthering dialogue following conversations at this event.
Finally, your attendance will present you with an opportunity to know where you could benefit and also contribute to the growth, development and transformation of the project and construction management professions. SACPCMP registered professionals will earn CPD points/hours by attending Master Classes and the main conference.
Your attendance will present you with an opportunity to earn CPD points/hours with the following institutions:
Envisaged key outcomes are:
The envisaged outcomes of the Project and Construction Professions Conference is the establishment of strategic interventions and partnerships that would advance growth, development and transformation of the Project and Construction Management Professions, namely to:
• Expose industry players and potential new entrants to massive government opportunities for infrastructure development over the next five (5) to fifteen (15) years. These opportunities will stimulate economic growth that will contribute to the growth, development and transformation of the built environment;
• Expose industry players and potential players to short- and medium-term infrastructure development plans driven by the private sector;
• Facilitate information-sharing, capacity building, knowledge and skills transfer in the sector;
• Contribute to the improvement of standards and benefits to registered persons;
• Create a platform for government to engage industry on key infrastructure projects and PPPs in the SADC region and the continent as a whole; and
• Create a platform for all stakeholders to discuss ways and means to roll-out a seamless mentorship programme in support of new entrants in the industry.
At the end of conference, the SACPCMP intends to get all stakeholders to agree on a few strategic interventions/programmes which would contribute to growth, development and transformation of the Project and Construction Management Professions.
There may be a need to reduce the conference resolutions to a minimum, but instead increase the participation of stakeholders on the implementation plan by committing resources and time for their realisation. To this end, resolutions will be linked to South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP) objectives and Conference will further seek support from both the public and private sectors to implement these resolutions.
An update on SACPCMP initiatives over the past year will be presented to illustrate that some work had been done to implement the 2017 resolutions. However, different stakeholders at the conference should also put their shoulders to the wheel to implement key conference resolutions.