Date: 2017-07-13

Mr. Rockson Dogbegah, Construction sector chairman, Association of Ghana Industries is advocating the construction sector the AGI led by Mr. Dogbegah called on the Minister of Roads and Highways, Mr. Kwasi Amoako –Attah in Accra he said delayed in payment for work done adversely affecting contractor capacity building.

The visit was to discuss issues confronting the construction industry and the possibility of partnering government to provide and enabling environment for the development of the industry.

The mission of the AGI construction sector is to influence the development and growth of the construction industry, through effective stakeholder engagements and policy reforms initiatives that will enhance the capacity and competitiveness of construction sector service providers in Ghana.

Mr. Dogbegah said the problem was making it difficult for local contractors to compete with foreign counterparts for donor funded projects.

He said one other issue confronting contractors in the country was the Formula for building Price Fluctuation Factor which does not adequately compensate for increments and asked the government to take a second look at it.

He also stressed on the need for government in collaboration with the private sector to put in place strong regulatory task force to ensure compliance with health and safety requirements on construction sites.

Mr. Amoako-Attah in his response commended the delegation for their show of rich ideas and knowledge of the road industry adding that such meetings should be institutionalized to ensure frequent meetings and sharing of ideas to enhance performance in the sector.

He assured the delegation that the condition of contract and legislation on payment of interest on delayed payment was still binding on the government.

The minister also promised to take up the safety issues with the Attorney-General’s Department since an established legislation will provide grounds for enforcement

He also assured that the ministry would take a serious look at issues of fluctuations and also ensure that contractors were paid as early as practicable to avoid such occurrences.

Mr. G.J. Brocke, Chief Director Ministry of Transport said the Ministry was considering the creation of new opportunities for local contractors for Public-Private Partnership (PPP) projects.

He said the ministry would also create opportunities for constant dialogues with contractors in order to address issues concerning the sector.