FMBA President Vijay Raghwan (center) speaks to construction workers at a building site in Suva. Photo: SUPPLIED.
Delegates attending the Fiji Master Builders Association (FMBA) Annual General Meeting this Wednesday, November 22nd 2017, will be discussing critical issues such as industry accreditation and licensing, shortage of trade skills, the building code and training needs according to President Vijay Raghwan.
The FMBA AGM will be held at the Vine Yard Palace Restaurant, (Old Town Hall) along Victoria Parade in Suva at 6pm on Wednesday.
“For the past 56 years, we have literally helped build the nation’s economy to what it is today. It is now time to take our industry to the next level, in tune with technological advancements and sustainability practices that now demand a higher degree of value added services,” said FMBA President Mr Vijay Raghwan.
An industry veteran himself, Mr Raghwan has survived the many challenges that have faced the building and construction sector dating back to the early post-independence year’s right up to the economic slowdown after 1987.
“Many industry players have come and gone in that period, but for those of us who still remain, we have an obligation to help Government build a resilient economy, and we are keen to do that by offering better training opportunities for our members,” said Mr Raghwan.
Mr Raghwan said while many builders have been busy with post TC Winston rebuilding works, the FMBA fully supports Government vision to “build back stronger.”
“The FMBA looks forward to working in strong partnership with policy makers as well as our tertiary and technical institutions to see how together, we can offer more cost effective and environmentally sustainable projects that create jobs and foster growth,” Mr Raghwan said.
Mr Raghwan adds that with the Reserve Bank forecasting a 3.6 per cent growth for 2018, largely off the back of tourism, the FMBA was well placed to be part of that new era with “members already determined to step up and be part of that growth.”
The FMBA was established in l961 to address issues affecting the building industry, with a membership of over 40 comprised of small, medium and large construction companies in the country, employing up to 15,000 workers.