The 2016 Totally Construction East Africa Expo took place at the Laico Regency on the 4th and 5th of October. The only fair in East Africa that showcases alternative building materials and construction technologies featured four events under one roof: the Totally Concrete East Africa, Totally Construction East Africa Expo, the Housing for East Africa forum as well as the Commercial Property Development East Africa briefing.
The African Cement and Concrete Summit, presented by the Totally Construction East Africa kicked off the two-day event. The keynote of this summit was developing the local cement and concrete industries. Gituro Wainaina, a professor in the School of business at the University of Nairobi chaired a discussion panel that comprised of Ronald Ndegwa, CEO Savanna Cement, Busi Legodi, CEO, CIMERWA Ltd in Rwanda and Pradeep Paunrana, CEO, ARM Cement in Kenya. The panel broadly discussed quality cement and construction technology for sustainable urbanization in East Africa.
Johan Van Wyk, the general manager of South African Readymix Association led a session on improving concrete design mix in order to improve durability and sustainability of buildings and at the same time reduce manual labor and the overall cost of construction.
Another session on understanding the absorption and moisture level of aggregate concrete with an aim of increasing its strength was headed by Geoff Griffiths, the principal of Geoff Griffiths and Association, Kenya.
Dr. Wolfram Schmidt, a researcher at the Technology Construction Materials in Germany explained that Africa can provide innovative and sustainable cement and concrete solutions once they master workability of cement in different continents due to the difference in geographical conditions.
The Commercial Property Development East Africa briefing was conducted in a round table discussion. The forum was centered on continued investment on property especially with easy access to new and alternative finance models as well as the market dynamics in the real estate industry.
Day two was officiated by the deputy principal secretary for Housing and Urban Development, Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and urban development, QS Moses Nyakiongora on behalf of the principal secretary Arch. Aidah Munano. The Deputy PS highlighted the importance of the Totally Construction East Africa expo as it helps delegates to share crucial and significant ideas in the construction industry. “Such ideas are going to shape construction in the rising urban areas of Africa,” she added. As key players in the construction sector, the message from Arch. Munano urged all the attendants to pursue and embrace quality in construction in order to promote sustainability, an aspect that is key to knowledge, wealth and change in the developing continent. In addition, she indicated strong government involvement in quality housing while giving an example of Kibera slum upgrading project.
The theme of Housing for Africa forum was reduction of construction costs for housing and property development in East Africa. Mucai Kunyiha, the vice president of the Kenya Property Developer’s Association of Kenya (KPDA) called on the East Africa governments to work hand in hand with the private sector to see to it that sustainable, resilient and comprehensive cities are built across East Africa.
The Totally Concrete East Africa had a workshop program that marked the end of the conference. Johan van Wyk of South Africa Readymix Association showcased Placing and curing concrete to achieve internal waterproofing, while Trevor Sawyer, the county representative of the Concrete Institute of South Africa presented designing industrial concrete floor. Peter jones, the national flooring manager at a.b.e Construction chemicals in South Africa on the other hand illustrated application of epoxy floorings while Jane Maina from the Kenya Bureau of Statistics explained the significance of construction standards in Kenya.
BUILDesign Magazine, Kenya’s leading architectural review magazine was among the official media partners of the Totally Construction East Africa Expo 2016.