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Local contractors urged to form partnership

The President-elect of the Liberian Engineering Society, Thomas Gonkerwon, wants Liberian construction contractors to form partnership for the growth of the industry.

Addressing the 2018 General Assembly of the Association of Liberian Construction Contractors recently in Paynesville, outside Monrovia, Mr. Gonkerwon stressed that partnership would enable them have access to much needed logistics for effective implementation of construction contracts.

He notes that such partnership would also enable local contractors to strengthen funding support and professionally compete with foreign contractors.

While underscoring the need for government to accord them necessary support, he challenged the new leadership and members of the Association to carry out their duties with a high sense of credibility and integrity at all times.

Also speaking at the assembly, the President of the Association of Liberian Construction Contractors Sackie G. Johnson, praised the partnership between ALCC and GIZ, a German international development agency.

Mr. Johnson, who described the partnership as not only unprecedented and mutually rewarding, named capacity building for local contractors, mass public awareness and education on activities of the ALCC nationwide as some of the gains made in the partnership with GIZ.

He also spoke of cooperation and collaboration with the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Public Works and ALCC, disclosing that a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will shortly be signed between the ALCC and the Ministry of Public Works for the benefit of Liberian construction contractors across the Country.

He stressed the need for local contractors to demonstrate commitment, dedication, trust and confidence in the execution of their professional duties.

According to him, ALCC has decentralized its activities nationwide with the appointment of coordinators in all 15 counties of Liberia, including setting up five clusters.

He said the initiatives have enhanced relationship between county authorities and the Association that has led to cordial ties with project awarding institutions in both the public and private sectors.

Mr. Johnson also made reference to the MOU signed between ALCC and Gray Construction Company, an international entity aimed at addressing the logistical and capacity development constraints the Association faces.

At the same time, he disclosed that 126 tradesman have been recruited by ALCC to develop their capacities as part of efforts in the reconstruction of Liberia.

-Editing by Jonathan Browne

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