The Association of Liberian Construction Contractors (ALCC) and the Association of Road Contractors of Ghana (ASROC) have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) agreeing to share capacity building program including other activities such as the acquisition of essential road construction equipment.
The agreement was reached on May 9, 2013 in the Ghanaian Capital Accra.
Speaking to journalists at his Du-port Road office, in Paynesville City, following his return to the country, Mr. Foday M. Kamara, President of ALCC said they further agreed to secure an expert who would provide assistance to the two institutions through consultancy, research and capacity building program for members of the both organizations.
“Considering the fact that both human and equipment capacity building program constitute vital components of the entire construction industry in both countries, we agreed to designate qualified resource persons to be responsible for that aspect of the program,” Kamara added.
He noted that ALCC initiated this effort with their Ghanaian counterpart in 2010, looking at the bigger picture of the possibility of the establishment of the West Africa Contractors Association in the near future.
“It is our intention that the MOC will eventually lead to the formation of the nucleus of the West Africa Contractors Association which will create a strong and stable platform to make representation to governments and institutions in Africa and elsewhere to strengthen the construction industry,” Mr. Kamara disclosed.
“As you are aware, what we agreed with is that the MOC is going to promote cooperation and togetherness among contractors of the associations by arranging regular working visits to each member countries. We agreed to take measure to institute capacity building program that will cover personnel of the various grades in the construction industry such as contractors, engineers, technicians, equipment operators, administrators among others,” Kamara stated.
The ALCC president maintained that the parties were determined to push the agreement beyond Memorandum Of Cooperation to a Memorandum Of Action in order to achieve the desired goals.
According to him, similar initiative has been taken to establish the Mano River Union Basin Contractors Association.
“On another front, we are also working along with our Mano River Union brothers including Sierra Leone and Guinea for the establishment of the Mano Union Contractors Association; right now we are studying the draft concept paper for the association,” Kamara disclosed.
He averred that the parties were committed towards ensuring the success of the program, saying the agreement was a beginning to better things to come.
Kamara also announced that the trip to Ghana, which was part of a study tour, was funded by the African Development Bank (ADB), through the International Labor Organization (ILO).
According to him, it was intended to provide capacity building support to local road contractors through knowledge-sharing in the application of labor–based technology. Participants, which comprised labor-based local road sector contractors and engineers from the Ministry of Public Work, visited many construction sites and held meetings with various construction companies in Accra and other parts of Ghana.