POST COVID-19 FUTURE OUTLOOK

Institution of Engineers of Kenya to hold annual conference next week

In Summary

• Transport and Infrastructure CS James Macharia, who will be the chief guest, will officially open the conference.

• The engineering sector has been also affected by productivity and construction works going down.

Institution of Engineers of Kenya (IEK) President Engineer Nathaniel Matalanga
Institution of Engineers of Kenya (IEK) President Engineer Nathaniel Matalanga
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The Institution of Engineers of Kenya in collaboration with the Engineers Board of Kenya is organising its 27th international conference.

The three-day annual conference is set to begin next week from Tuesday to Friday at PrideInn Beach Resort in Mombasa County.

The theme of the conference is engineering a post-Covid-19 future: Implementing sustainable regional and local development agendas taking into account global best practices.

 

Transport and Infrastructure CS James Macharia, who will be the chief guest, will officially open the conference.

The conference will be graced by representatives of global engineering organisations.

In addition, there will be keynote speakers from business leaders in infrastructure and manufacturing speaking at the event.

Engineer Nathaniel Matalanga, the President of IEK said the conference is expected to attract about 300 delegates physically and more than 1500 virtually with 15 countries in attendance.

The virtual conference will bring together engineering minds from across the world, to share experiences and exchange knowledge on a wide range of fields including agriculture, transportation, water and sanitation, buildings and housing, electrical and electronics engineering, telecommunication, and biomedical engineering.

Engineer Matalanga assured delegates who will be attending physically that the hotel and the engineering council will put in place serious measures to ensure complete compliance with the ministry of health guidelines on Covid-19.

He spoke during a press briefing in Nairobi yesterday. He was accompanied by other members of the IEK and EBK.

 

Matalanga added that the engineering sector has been also affected by productivity and construction going down.

However, he was thrilled that the contractors and engineers were able to put in measures to ensure that construction works were able to continue with workers observing Covid-19 protocols.

The sector intends to do a detailed study to understand how they will bring back productivity going forward post Covid-19.