The Association of Consulting Engineers of Kenya (ACEK) held their 49th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on March 31st 2016. The outgoing chairperson of the association Eng. James Mwangi presented his report for the year 2015.
In his presentation, he highlighted the achievements of ACEK and the plans they have. ACEK carries out its business through committees composed of council members and, if necessary, co-opted members. The council meetings were scheduled for the 3rd Monday of every month at 12.00 noon, 8 meetings were held during the year 2015.
The ACEK council is in the process of harmonizing the current ACEK constitution with the Kenya’s Constitution 2010 and the regulations to be appended to the Engineers Act. Unfortunately, the regulations have not been promulgated. The constitution is expected to encourage growth of the Association and add value to members.
ACEK also launched the ACEK-Young Professionals Forum (ACEK-YPF) in October 2015 at Nairobi club. 140 young people participated. ACEK-YPF has 17 members currently with recruitment on going.
In 2014, ACEK continued to create linkages with other associations and engineers in the profession, e.g Kenya Bureau of Standards, Association of Professional Societies in East Africa, Kenya Private Sector Alliance, Institution of Engineers of Kenya (IEK), Engineers Board of Kenya (EBK), Kenya Federation of Master Builders, Institution of Surveyors of Kenya (ISK), Institute of Quantity Surveyors of Kenya (IQSK), Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK) among others. The secretariat has consistently produced an electronic quarterly newsletter to keep the members informed. ACEK has also consistently participated in the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) and Group of Member Associations (GAMA) Conferences over the years. These are annual international conferences held in member association countries.
ACEK sponsored the EBK’s launch of their Strategic Plan 2014-2019: in 2015 and ACEK Chairman, Eng. James. N. Mwangi was one of the speakers. ACEK further wrote to EBK requesting that EBK stops imposing registration conditions for firms that were not aligned to the act.
ACEK has since 2014, increased its membership by 12%. This translates to a revenue of approximately KES 126,000/= on membership. The association has 65 members from 58 at the beginning of 2014. This number is still too low considering the number of firms and registered consulting engineers in this country. Increase in membership is set to be achieved better once the constitution is reviewed with more membership levels.
We have a working Memorandum of Understanding with University of Nairobi’s school of Engineering and a draft MOU with Kenyatta University that is pending due to accreditation. ACEK has supported APSEA in many ventures such as towards the commemoration of the International Anti-corruption day and support given to Garissa university terrorist attacks.
The council has identified areas of concern for members’ including subsidiary legislation on the Engineers Bill, Finance Bill, Draft bills: Energy, petroleum and procurement, critical infrastructure bill etc. The association has continuously reviewed all laws that affect engineers’ e.g. The Procurement Act, NCA act, Water Act and engaged relevant ministries. ACEK works in liaison with EBK/IEK
ACEK has continued lobbying to reintroduce standard and minimum rates for engineering services to have no competition on fees for professional services rendered and have a level playing field. The association contributed greatly to the draft scale of fees proposed by EBK.
The Nairobi City County Assembly proposed a regularization bill that will introduce professionalism in the building industry in Nairobi. ACEK nominated council member Eng. Kariuki Muchemi as a member of the Regularization bill committee.
ACEK has been able to achieve most of its strategic plan objectives and are in the process of developing a new strategic plan for 2016-2020. So far, good progress has been made and ACEK visibility has been greatly enhanced.
Areas of future interest for the association include; partnership and strategic alliances with foreign firms, amalgamating and capacity building of local firms, succession planning, PPP projects, unsolicited projects, member participation in all major infrastructure projects, lobbying for increased local content and enforcement of the same, lobby for the enforcement of procurement and disposal act, Engineer Act etc.