President’s Welcome Message for Marrakesh
Dear conference delegates and guests
I would like to extend a warm welcome to the historical city of Marrakesh, proud to host the 2016 FIDIC International Infrastructure Conference.
While government leaders debate and struggle to agree on action plans, the planet manifests its unrest on a regular basis. Increased incidents of adverse weather take their toll on property and human life. As debate continues over the causes, it is up to the consulting engineering community to share its knowledge and experience in mitigation and remedial solutions for our fragile infrastructure.
COP 22 takes place in Morocco in November 2016. Having participated in the 2015 Business Climate Summit for COP 21, FIDIC believes that focus needs to intensify with regard to the practical steps that can be taken, and the business decisions that need to be made, in addressing the real issues impacting on society.
The consulting engineering community is also uniquely positioned to assist the energy, resource and manufacturing sectors with realistic and practical approaches to sustainability and corporate responsibility, helping them achieve the “social licence” that is increasingly being demanded by regulators, customers and investors.
FIDIC, GAMA (FIDIC Group of African Member Associations), and FMCI (Moroccan Federation of Consultancy and Engineering) invite business leaders and decision makers to Marrakesh late September 2016 to explore the many business and financial matters impacting on our living and working environment. Speakers will cover topics such as Integrated Resource Management, Renewables & Clean Energy, Disaster Management, Risk and Liability, and the looming Water Crisis. In that regard, FIDIC has published a new State of the World Report, outlining all the Water Challenges being faced, and possible solutions. I encourage you all to read this important document carefully.