, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 11 – The National Construction Authority (NCA) has registered 18,000 contractors in different categories ranging from building, civil works and other specialised fields.
NCA Executive Director Daniel Manduku said over 150,000 construction workers and site supervisors had been accredited in a move aimed at enforcing order to the construction sector.
“We have now registered all contractors in Kenya. This move gives us the opportunity to regulate the sector in a structured manner with premium placed on safety of buildings and transfer of technology,” said Manduku.
Manduku said NCA now has 111 contractors in the NCA 1 category and was working with stakeholders and partners to increase numbers.
“About 50 percent of the NCA 1 contractors are Kenyans. We need to increase this number so that many more Kenyan contractors can access bigger projects,” he said.
There are 52 foreign contractors in the NCA 1 category. NCA has now put in place measures to give local players capacity to move to NCA 1contractors.
Research indicates that 80 percent of Kenyan contractors fall below NCA 4 and as such lack requisite financial capacity, equipment and manpower to undertake massive projects.
“? We are managing this issue through legislation, where NCA law requires that a minimum of 30 percent of value of any contract won locally by foreign contractors will be undertaken by local contractors”” said Manduku.
He said that the long term solution is through building of skills and capacities of local contractors in order for them to compete with other foreign contractors.