DPM Davis Highlights Importance of 3Ps and Key Role of Quantity Surveyors at Their 2015 Conclave
NASSAU, The Bahamas – As The Bahamas progresses, the significance of infrastructure development in relation to the strength of its economy is “paramount” said the Hon. Philip Davis, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development in his address to the 2015 Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (CIQS) Congress at Meliá Resort, Cable Beach.
The two-day conference, which opened Thursday, July 9, brings together professionals from five Canadian provinces and the Caribbean to discuss matters concerning the profession of quantity surveying. Arnold Forbes, Minister of State in the Ministry of Works and Urban Development participated in the opening ceremony.
The Deputy Prime Minister delivered the keynote address on the topic “Effective Delivery of Infrastructure through Public-Private Partnerships” (3Ps) and underscored that this concept is at the heart of policy for The Bahamas Government.
He noted that the 2015/2016 Budget allows the Government to promote approximately $200 million in 3P investments. Among those listed are improvements to roads and bridges in the Family Islands, upgrades to Family Island airports, construction of new government buildings, repairs to existing government buildings and expenditures on healthcare infrastructure and schools.
He told the delegates that their participation in projects to achieve the 3P objective is “essential” to the “massive” planned capital infrastructural development.
“While history provides that Government has primarily built airports, roads, harbours, docks and public buildings like hospitals and schools; new and innovative ways of funding such massive capital formation is a must,” said the Deputy Prime Minister.
Moreover, he pointed out that the Government is also pursuing a 3P arrangement by providing the land and infrastructure for private construction of homes for middle-to-lower-income families.
Additionally, the Park & Beaches Authority will provide a “structured” framework for the maintenance of all public parks and beaches in New Providence and the Family Islands. Non-Governmental Organizations or private and community groups will have the opportunity to manage the public parks and beaches, he said.
Mr. Paul Worrell was among the speakers scheduled to address the Congress on the topic “Challenges (Risks and Opportunities) Facing the Quantity Surveyors in 2015 with Special Focus on the Caribbean and The Bahamas.” Activities also include technical sessions, board meetings, an Annual General Meeting, and an informational session.
Founded in 1959, CIQS is a self-regulatory, professional body that sets the highest standard for construction economics. Within the last 50 years, the organization has been able to increase recognition of the role of Quantity Surveyors in the design and construction process with both government and industry.
Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of Works and Urban Development the Hon. Philip Davis addresses the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (CIQS) Congress at Meliá Resort, Cable Beach, July 9. (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)
2015 Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (CIQS) Congress at Meliá Resort, Cable Beach, July 9: Members of the Institute are photographed with Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of Works and Urban Development the Hon. Philip Davis, seated centre. (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)
Authored by: Kathryn Campbell
Source: Bahamas Information Services