Tuesday, 8 December 2009

15th Asia Construct Conference 2009, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Held from 19th to 20th October 2009 at the Renaissance Hotel Kuala Lumpur, the 15th AsiaConstruct Conference involving 300 local and foreign participants was a second-timeround event hosted by CIDB, since 2000. Graced by Y. Bhg. Datuk Thomas George, Secretary General and Ministry of Works Malaysia, country reports were presented as well as theme papers based on the conference theme of ‘Integration of Value Chain in
the Construction Industry’ by the member countries, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore,Vietnam, including Malaysia.

Hong Kong shared experiences on “feed-forward partnering approach”, adoption of value management in public works projects, use of voluntary adjudication in solving contractual disputes, combining the Environmental Management System [EMS] with the Quality Management System [QMS] to form an Integrated Management System [IMS]
and promotion of the Private Sector Involvement [PSI] to facilitate Public Private Partnership and Outsourcing.

Singapore’s emphasis was on recycling material supply. In expanding their concept of the supply chain management,the integration agenda was top of the list, covering efforts on maximising resource recovery of concrete waste and driving demand by increasing the usage of recycled concrete aggregates (RCA) through Construction & Demolition (C & D). Steps taken included a demolition and quality protocol, reward
schemes (Green Mark scheme), incentives (funding) and demo projects.

For Malaysia, its focus centred on the Malaysian CIMP’s recommendation of partnering as an approach and CIDB’s intention on fulfi lling this recommendation, with the identifi cation of partnering as one of the strategies to integrate the construction industry supply chain. As Malaysia is still new to this approach, CIDB has studied viable partnering methods in the United Kingdom, Australia and Hong Kong which have recorded good outcomes, and will adapt them to suit the Malaysian construction industry.

It will be Vietnam’s turn to host the next AsiaConstruct Conference in 2010. All country reports and theme papers can be downloaded from CIDB’s website, www.cidb.gov.

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