Surveyors ink pact with eye on regional projects
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.