Local construction industry players and stakeholders came together this Tuesday in Harare to interact and share notes in view of major projects that are lined up this year.

The conference was organised by the Procurement Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (PRAZ) and the Construction Industry Federation of Zimbabwe (CIFoZ).

The purpose of the conference is to do a self introspection by the construction industry players on technical and legal aspects that affect them.

According to government’s infrastructure development plan for 2019 there are several major projects under consideration chief among them is the dualisation of the Beitbridge – Chirundu Highway, hence the convergence of local industry stakeholders to strengthen themselves to be given a substantial chunk in undertaking the project.

PRAZ CEO, Mr Nyasha Chizu said local players have been lacking understanding of the new public procurement regulations that has seen most of them loosing tenders regardless of their technical capacity.

“We organized this conference to legally capacitate local players such that they can effectively compete amongst themselves and more importantly from outside competition when it comes to mega infrastructural projects,” he said.

The Director of Architectural Services in the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, Phillip Makura said the engagement of industry stakeholders is also meant to clear misconceptions emanating from different views on procurement processes.

The deliberations also revealed that local construction industry players have come of age in terms of having the requisite modern equipment to undertake mega infrastructural projects.

“As local players, we have retooled and we now have the capacity to take head on these mega projects,” a contractor, Devillious Sibanda said.

Infrastructure development is the conduit to vision 2030 and therefore, it is refreshing when indigenous players are readying themselves to play this pivotal role.