FIDIC Capacity Building

A Major Role for FIDIC in the Consulting Engineering Industry

One of FIDIC’s core objectives is to:

“Promote and assist the worldwide development of a viable consulting engineering industry” through:

Assisting Member Associations and, where such associations are not yet formed, supporting the emerging consulting engineering industry. Appropriate capacity development is important for the industry to maintain best practices and high quality services which are sustainable. Advocating the critical importance of engineering to economic growth.

Definition of Capacity Building

Capacity building at FIDIC refers to enhancing the skills, knowledge and abilities of consulting engineering firms and professionals within firms in the management and development of successful consulting engineering practices.

For this purpose, FIDIC makes available to its members a number of training courses, modules and best practice guidelines and documents.

At the same time FIDIC has appointed a dedicated Capacity Building Committee which, among other tasks, evaluates capacity gaps in Member Associations and consulting firms, using objective criteria and available information wherever possible; promotes capacity building for Member Associations and firms as an important activity within FIDIC, and ensures that capacity building programs are delivered at annual conferences; and advises FIDIC on information needs to support capacity building initiatives.

The responsibility for acquiring these skills within firms rests with the owners, managers and senior staff, and it is to these people that FIDIC addresses its capacity building initiatives.

Recommended policy initiatives for FIDIC Member Associations

Several initiatives are recommended in order to create the policy and operating environment, in which responsible, financially stable and competent consulting firms can flourish. These are:

  • Seek strong government support for the consulting engineering industry, through its established CE industry association, as a recognised “high technology” industry, worthy of positive public recognition and support
  • „„Establish strong high-level liaison contacts within the industry through its Member Association aimed at resolving differences over matters such as procurement and contracting practices
  • „„Encourage member firms to set funds aside from proceeds to educate, train and mentor young graduates in particular, to create critical mass teams within their own firm or elsewhere„„
  • Seek to implement a public policy with transparent procurement procedures that favor quality-based selection and avoid cost-based selection
  • „„Cooperate with the national consulting engineering association to develop an understanding of anticipated government
    requirements for services so as to assist the industry to adapt to changing needs.
  • „„Promote excellence in the education of engineers, technicians, scientists and allied professionals
  • „„Minimise the use of in-house government engineering units through contracting out as much work as possible to independent privately owned consulting engineering firms
  • „„Recognise only those firms which subscribe to quality and integrity and operate competitively within the private sector.

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