OCAJI holds a Successful 42nd IFAWPCA Convention
The 42nd International Federation of Asian and Western Pacific Contractors Associations” (IFAWPCA) convention has been held from 16th – 19th Nov. 2015 in Tokyo, Japan. It was 20 years to the day since an IFAWPCA convention was held in Tokyo. More than 700 members of construction associations from 18 countries in the Asia and the Western Pacific region attended this convention.
16 international companies joined “Business forum & Exhibition” on 17th and 18th November. The exhibition showcased various booths and products relevant to the construction industry. It was a great opportunity and venue for the convention participants to come together and network with their Japanese counterparts and fellow colleagues in the industry.
With the theme: “Partnership and Sustainability”, the 42nd IFAWPCA convention served as a forum for all the IFAWPCA members to share and exchange information on a range of issues including Japan’s proactive initiatives in fields such as disaster prevention, urban development, transport infrastructure, environmental sustainability, and infrastructure maintenance and renewal. Participants in the business forum discussed directions for the construction industry in the aim of creating a ‘harmonious future’ through regional cooperation with all the IFAWPCA members.
The convention also explored new frontiers for the construction business that extend beyond the region represented by the participating international organizations and affiliates. Together, global partnership was achieved in exploring specific solutions to worldwide concerns and issues like utilizing environmental technology to create sustainable societies, minimizing the impact of natural disasters and help speedy recovery in the region, and protecting the environment through the deployment of construction management techniques that help promote “green construction”.
The convention opened on 17 November 2015 with an impressive array of IFAWPCA delegates in their stately formal/national attire. Special guests graced the opening ceremonial rites both from the Japanese government and international community. The Chief Guest of Honor was Mr. Junzo Yamamoto, State Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport & Tourism. A keynote address was delivered by Mr. Hiroshi Ohashi, Professor, Faculty of Economics of the University of Tokyo. Representing the international community, Mr. Frank Kehlenbach, Director of the European International Contractors e.V. also addressed the gathering. To top off the ceremony, a cultural performance was rendered by the TOKYO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA STRINGS and CHORUS, “Japanese Drums” by Eitetsu Hayashi and Eitetsu Fu-Un no Kai, and ended with a “Calligraphy Performance” by Soryu Takeda.