Sur­vey­ors ink pact with eye on regional projects

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - BUSINESS - BY JAMES KAR­IUKI

Kenyan sur­vey­ors have set their sights on regional projects af­ter their pro­fes­sional lobby signed a cross-bor­der recog­ni­tion pact.

In­sti­tute of Sur­vey­ors of Kenya (ISK) chair­man Stephen Am­bani (above) said the Mu­tual Recog­ni­tion Agree­ment (MRA) will al­low mem­bers to ex­tend their ser­vices to other regional mar­kets. The MRA, which has since been rat­i­fied by all the part­ner as­so­ci­a­tions will be adopted by the bloc once ap­proved by the East African Com­mu­nity sec­re­tariat.

“Com­ing on the back­ground of big projects that cut across coun­tries like the Stan­dard Gauge Rail­way (SGR), it is im­por­tant that pro­fes­sional stan­dards in the sur­vey­ing pro­fes­sion be har­monised to pro­mote knowl­edge trans­fer, cross-bor­der prac­tice thereby pro­mot­ing in­ter-regional trade,” he said.

Land sec­re­tary Pro­fes­sor Ja­cob Kaimenyi said the pri­vate sec­tor needs to move swiftly and ben­e­fit from the ex­panded East Africa mar­ket that al­lows free move­ment of cap­i­tal, peo­ple and goods.

“Play­ers in the real es­tate sec­tor must seize emerg­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and seek to im­prove the qual­ity of lives for East Africans. As gov­ern­ment, we have done our bit of cre­at­ing a con­ducive en­vi­ron­ment for regional trade to thrive,” Prof Kaimenyi said dur­ing the Sec­ond ISK Regional Con­fer­ence held in Nairobi on Wed­nes­day.

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