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Experts to discuss challenges facing construction sector

The upcoming 2nd Construction and Projects Forum will attract more than 20 experts and specialists from the public and private sectors, according to Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) Chairman Abdulrahman bin Abdullah Al-Zamil.
The forum is being held with the support of Minister of Housing Shuwaish bin Saud Al-Dhuwaihi and organized by the RCCI represented by its contractors committee in partnership with the ministry and in collaboration with Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal Group, at the Four Seasons Hotel, Riyadh, on Nov. 24.
“The national construction sector constitutes the main base of the Saudi economy due to its huge contributions in its GDP,” he said, adding that the economic, strategic and social importance of this sector is not a secret, as this sector is the main executor for our development projects, and one of the largest operators for labor and the fundamental engine for the construction products industry in the Kingdom.”
Forum’s scientific committee head Saleh bin Habdan Al-Habdan revealed that the opening ceremony of the forum will be followed by a key session in which the Ministry of Housing will review of the ministry’s plans to regulate the housing sector, the scale of future housing projects and the ministry’s mechanisms in recruiting and employing contractors.”
He added that the forum will be allocating a session, which will present an overview on the construction sector and the future trends. It will be moderated by Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC) Chairman Abdullah bin Said Al-Mobty. The session will review the results of the study, which the forum had conducted in collaboration with the Gulf Bureau for Research and Economic Consulting, and will be presented by Bureau President Taufiq Al-Suwailem.”
This session will analyze the causes of stalled projects and ways to jumpstart them, the current state of construction companies and also the litigation and dispute resolution environment and development proposals. The speakers will be Vice President, Corruption Combating in the National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha) Oussama Al-Rabiah, Nesma Holding Company Chairman Saleh Al-Turki and Saudi Board of Grievances’ former Judge Mohammed Aljathlani.”
The second session on the development of the construction sector and project implementation will discuss the restructuring of the sector and the importance of a unified reference, how to develop the regulatory environment for projects and the requirements for the development of contractors internally.
The session will be moderated by Deputy Gov. of Makkah in the Ministry of Interior Abdulaziz Al-Khedheiri and the speakers will be the Secretary General of the Saudi Council of Engineers Ghazi Al-Abbasi, President of National Contractors Committee in CSC Fahad Al-Hammadi, and Director of Engineering Department in Royal Commission of Jubail Ahmad Hassan.
The next session will shed light on the Saudization process in the construction sector, where it will discuss a study on the role of the sector in Saudization, a diagnosis of the reality of the labor market in the contracting sector, and the training programs and their adequacy with the demand, and also the anticipated role of the private sector in this field. It will be moderated by RCCI Chairman Abdulrahman Al-Zamil. Speakers will include Technical and Vocational Training Corporation Gov. Ali Al-Ghafis, Saudi Railways Organization (SRO) President Mohammed Al-Suwaiket, Executive Deputy Director General in the Human Resources Development Fund Abdulkarim Al-Nujaidi, Vice President of National Contractors Committee in CSC Fawwaz Al-Khodari, and Director of Business Development and Administration Affairs and Chairman of Social Responsibility Department in Construction Products Holding Company (CPC) Faisal Al-Aqeel.”
The head of the forum’s scientific committee focused on the significance of the last session, which will be assigned for the Turkish experience in the construction sector and the lessons learned, where
The event will also review the regulatory environment in the Turkish construction sector. It will discuss the exporting process of the Turkish contractors and will highlight the experience of the Turkish Contractors Association, and discuss the Turkish government support for the private sector.
Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Board Member Ziad Al-Bassam will moderate the session, with speakers like General Manager for Free Zones and Foreign Investments and Services in the Turkish Ministry of Economy Ugur Ozturk, representative of Turkish Contractors Union Erden Gurel and General Manager of MAPA Saudi Arabia Suayip Toroslu.”