GIS - September 17, 2012: Engineers are called upon to be the social transformers of this century as well as an enterprising leader, said last week the Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Public Infrastructure, National Development Unit, Land Transport and Shipping, Mr Anil Kumar Bachoo, GOSK, at the inauguration of the Institution of Engineers, Mauritius (IEM) House, Quatre Bornes.
Vice Prime Minister Bachoo lauded the efforts and achievement of the local engineers from both public and private sectors present and made an appeal to them to be key players in the economic social transformation plan as well as in the Maurice Ile Durable (MID) project.
He underlined that at a time when the whole world is caught in the turmoil of recession and financial crisis, engineers and other professionals in the construction sector are helping the economies to be sustainable through their projects. He made an appeal to the engineers present to contribute towards the realisation of as many construction projects as possible so as to salvage employment of people in the sector and put a halt to the economic downturn of the country.
Government will enhance the use of the Public Sector Investment Programme and the Projects Plan Committee to ensure that capital projects are carried out within the time frame and budget said the Minister of Public Infrastructure. In this context, the capacity of Ministries and Departments to plan, prepare and implement projects will be strengthened, through the creation and empowerment of Project Implementation Units, he added.
Mr Claude Wong So, IEM President, underlined that no sustainable development programme is feasible without the active involvement of engineers, in the conception, design, execution, commissioning and operational phases of the MID project and assured that the IEM is committed to facilitate its implementation.
On this occasion prizes were also awarded to the best University of Mauritius (UOM) final year projects for the various fields of engineering in line with UOM-IEM collaboration. The IEM Journal 2012 was also launched to mark the Engineers Day which is celebrated in Mauritius on 13 September.