Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) welcomes the 5TH BRICS conference to be held in Durban and share the view that the collective strength of the BRICS economies is a crucial factor in the global economy.

President Jacob Zuma said that the country’s national policy framework, the National Development Plan and operational plans falling under its umbrella,

such as the New Growth Path and the Industrial Policy Action Plan 3 emphasise the identification of opportunities in the fast-growing economies of China, India and Brazil, both in terms of export promotion and as sources of Foreign Direct Investment.

He added that BRICS fits in well with our National Development Plan objectives of raising employment through faster economic growth, improving the quality of education, skills development and innovation as well as building the capacity of the state to play a developmental, transformative role.

“As a gateway to Africa, we are eagerly looking forward to the deliberations and proceedings particularly with regard to the establishment of the BRICS Development Bank which can assist in the infrastructure roll out,” says CESA CEO Graham Pirie.

He points out that there is a need, as envisaged by the African Union under New Partnership for African Development to deliver the much needed infrastructure in an integrated manner focusing on the physical, social and economic needs of the continent.

“We need to stitch the continent together using infrastructure to ensure connectivity and lead development. CESA stands ready to contribute to this delivery, especially to the infrastructure needs of Africa as a whole,” avers Pirie

With a quest to pioneer change, CESA is committed to the principles of sustainability and the promotion of engineering excellence and represents over 490 firms. Partnering with government and the private sector, CESA firms are delivering infrastructure in the form of improved power supply, better roads, safe drinking water and efficient sanitation. These infrastructure projects are helping to create jobs, alleviate poverty and provide a better quality of life for all South Africans.

CESA is a member of International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC), which represents engineers from 94 member countries and also a member of the Group of African Member Associations (GAMA).

South African Consulting engineers have a wealth of information and experience at a local, global and regional level. Currently CESA, FIDIC and GAMA are focusing on the issues of best practice in procurement while discouraging unethical behaviour, especially corruption, which impedes service delivery and quality of life.