Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI) and Bangladesh Accreditation Board (BAB) jointly organized a seminar on “Accreditation: Delivering confidence in construction and the built environment” at DCCI auditorium on 8th June, 2017 on the occasion of World Accreditation Day 2017. Minister for Science and Technology, Government of Bangladesh Architect Yeafesh Osman was present as the chief guest while DCCI President Abul Kasem Khan was present as special guest. Senior Secretary of Ministry of Industries Md. Mosharrof Hossain Bhuyian, ndc chaired the seminar.
Director General of BAB Md. Abu Abdullah in his address of welcome said that BAB has given accreditation certificate to 51 different institutions including laboratory, calibration laboratory, medical testing laboratory, certification body and inspection body. He said, in Bangladesh demand of accreditation in food, halal food, medical technology, textile testing laboratory, ship breaking, ship building is increasing day by day. He said, Bangladesh has huge potential for exporting construction materials in the international market. To use this potential, we need to implement accreditation in construction material sector for safe building and infrastructure. Construction firms, real estate, builders, building materials makers may take accreditation from BAB.
DCCI President Abul Kasem Khan said construction as well as infrastructure development is the key to attract FDI. He said for inefficiency of our construction sector including monitoring we have to face industrial disaster sometimes. He also urged for strengthening BAB to create reliability on our products and materials. He said we have to develop sustainable and safe infrastructure like roads, rail, expressway, highway, bridge, flyover and housing for our future generation. In our economy contribution of real estate, housing and concerned sector is 14% of our GDP. Sustainable development of construction and infrastructure sector is the precondition of economic and social development. So accreditation will ensure quality construction, construction materials, sustainable construction and compliance in construction site and construction process. Accreditation in construction sector will help attract foreign investment and reliability in this sector.
Minister for Science and Technology Architect Yeafesh Osman said government has been implementing a few mega projects in communication infrastructure like Dhaka-Chittagong and Dhaka-Mymensing four lane roads, Padma multipurpose bridge, metro rail, Paira deep sea port etc. He said Bangladesh is now producing international standard building materials, equipments and innovative technology. He said accreditation can play an important role to protect our construction industry. In recent times, in urban construction process, Reinforce Concrete (RC) Structure is being used. The mega projects taken by the government have ushered in a new opportunity of our construction industry to flourish more. In order to utilize this opportunity, producing construction materials, equipments and innovative technology of international standard are must, he said. He also said that we need to create reliability, trust on our products.
Senior Secretary of Ministry of Industries Md. Mosharrof Hossain Bhuyian said accreditation or quality assessment will ensure us a sustainable construction, housing and infrastructure development. He said, Ministry of Industries proposed to increase adequate manpower of BAB to make it more efficient and active. He also said that we have to create reliability of our exportable products at home and abroad.
Dr. Md. Shafiul Bari, Professor of Civil Engineering, BUET presented the keynote paper. He said, our National Building Code should be updated with modern technology. A separate building code should be there for RMG factories, he said. In construction sector accreditation is strictly followed in Hong Kong, New Zealand, UK and most of the European countries. They follow European Technical Assessment (ETA) for sustainable infrastructure development. He further said that accreditation in construction and building sector is one of the safety measures and we have to enforce it for safe construction and housing.
DCCI Director Kh. Rashedul Ahsan and Former Vice President M Abu Hurairah, business persons and government officials were present among others.