The Association of Consulting Engineers Pakistan (ACEP) organised a one day conference on ‘procurement of services, works and goods’ at a local hotel in Karachi. The event was keenly attended by consulting engineering firms, government organizations, regulatory bodies and leading professionals and dignitaries along with representatives of Pakistan missions of the World Bank and Asian Development Bank.It proved to be one of the best events ever organized by ACEP.
Engr M Siddiq Essa, president, ACEP, delivered the welcome address and thanked the dignitaries who attended the conference. He lauded the interest of all the stakeholders who were in presence.
Member National Assembly Engineer Muhammad Najeeb Haroon attended the event as the Chief Guest. While addressing the participants of the conference he appreciated the efforts of ACEP and Badar Expo Solutions for organising such a successful event. He emphasised the need to strengthen the local industry and decrease reliance on imported products to support the country’s economy. He said that the government is taking steps to ensure ease of doing business in the country by relaxing the procurement rules and regulations.
Engr Khalid Pervez, convener, ACEP Conferences talked about the conference and highlighted the objectives of the conference which was to improve the procurement process and thereby improving the construction industry and quality of construction. The conference was aimed at creating awareness about the benefits of quality-based selection of consultants.
Engr. Khalid Pervez once again proved his dedication and commitment as being the convener of the conference, he managed a real extravagant show by gaining the attention of top notch lot from the relevant industries. His hard work and effort was highly lauded by the participants.
Procurement and Supply Chain Professionals Fakiha Rasheed and Mudasser Ali Khan also presented their views and research and said Public-Private partnerships (PPP) should be in place and adequate trainings should be offered in public sector for ethical values.
Syed Moazzam Hussain, Chief Executive Officer, Zenith Consulting Services, Dubai (UAE) presented a case study of Dubai International Airport.The conference was very interactive with more than 400 consultants in attendance. A question answer session was also held at the end for the queries of the participants.
The Association of Consulting Engineers Pakistan (ACEP) was founded in 1989 as a registered non-profit society. ACEP protects the right of Consultants and provides a neutral forum to take up issues with Government and International Agencies to enhance the working relationship between these organizations and the Consultants. ACEP also serves as a body to which any Government agency can seek help or assistance in developing policies and legislation that is required to be passed through parliament and other legislative bodies.