President Elect Dr. Marlene Kanga was a keynote speaker at the FIDIC 2017 Annual International Infrastructure Conference which was held in Jakarta from 1-3 Oct 2017.
Dr. Kanga was part of a panel of speakers on “Resilient Infrastructure – What Constitutes Resilience” at the opening plenary session of the conference. The session was moderated by Mr. Sean Chiao, MD Asia Pacific AECOM and speakers representing the infrastructure consulting and financing sector in Indonesia.
The panel addressed issues such as resilience required from the impacts of climate change and natural disasters, especially in an increasingly urbanised world. It considered issues such as financing needs and how these are being met through various models including Public-Private Partnerships and institutions like the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). The panel also addressed how resilient systems can be designed and implemented and the needs for infrastructure for economic development in Indonesia.
Dr. Kanga spoke about the work of the WFEO Standing Technical Committees in implementing policies and strategies for infrastructure resilience including the work of the Committee on the Environment and its codes of practice for sustainable development, the work of the Committee on Disaster Risk Management in developing manuals for earthquake and water related natural disasters and the work of the Committee on Anti-Corruption in contributing to the international anti-bribery standards ISO37001 and ongoing work with the Global Infrastructure Anti-Corruption Centre (GIACC) and the World Justice Project.
The presentation was well received and it is hope will lead to greater collaboration between FIDIC and WFEO to achieve the common goals and facilitate the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
For more information:
FIDIC 2017 Website
FIDIC 2017 Wepage
Committee on Anti Corruption website
Committee on Disaster Risk Management website
The Sustainable Development Goals webpage