It's the right time to organize construction expo in Nepal
Nepa Construct Exhibitions (NCE) is organizing the 1st Nepa Construction Expo 2012 at Bhrikuti Mandap from November 30 to December 4. Kriti Bhuju of Republica talked to Ram Sharan Deuja, managing director of NCE, to know more about the expo and Nepal´s construction industry. Excerpts:
How did the idea of the expo come up?
I have visited construction expos organized in different countries. During such visits, I realized that events like these can be beneficial for construction industry players like construction materials producers, dealers, developers, contractors and consumers as a whole.
In Nepal, private construction works are done round the year and the government of late too has laid intensive focus on the development of infrastructure. Hence, we at the NCE thought it is the right time to organize a construction expo in Nepal. We are hopeful that the event will provide information about the status of the industry and different aspects associated with it.
What will be the main features of the expo?
All major stakeholders of the construction industry will showcase their products and services at the expo. We will also be organizing a technical session in which 11 speakers, including two from India, will make presentations on different aspects of construction industry, emerging technologies and innovations.
Who are your expected visitors?
We are expecting participation of people involved in the construction industry like building designers, professionals, contractors, consultants, project managers, government authorities, wholesalers of construction materials manufacturers and wholesalers, town and urban planners, engineers and architects, power producers and developers, real estate developers, industrialists and businessmen as well as individual visitors.
How will the expo benefit exhibitors and the visitors?
The exhibitors will be hugely benefited as they will get the opportunity to demonstrate their products and also get to know about their competitors.
Besides, as this is the time for new constructions to take place, many individuals and contractors make their purchasing decision due to which companies will get the much needed exposure. As visitors can get everything related to construction industry - ranging from construction materials to heavy equipment and latest technology -- under one roof, they will definitely be benefited.
What is the status of construction sector in Nepal?
Nepal is in the initial phase in terms of constructional development as only 5 percent of the construction works have been carried out lately. Only basic infrastructure has been developed in Nepal. It has only been a few years that housing projects and shopping complexes started coming up in major cities. The country holds huge potential in tourism and hydropower sector. Unfortunately, little has been done in these sectors.
What do you think are the major problems facing the construction industry of Nepal?
The major problem is the attitude of the people toward those working in this sector. More than 14,000 people are directly involved in the industry but there is no protection from the government´s side.
There is also a need to review the Public Procurement Act. Though the government has agreed in principle that qualification won´t be required to get a contract of up to 20 million rupees, the act has yet to be amended.