LAHORE: Akber Sheikh, chairman-elect of the Construction Association of Pakistan (CAP) has said that the association intends to set up a construction skill-specific vocational institute in Lahore, according to a statement on Thursday.
Speaking after his unopposed election as the chairman of the association (formerly All Pakistan Contractors Association), Sheikh said that construction is the largest sector of the economy after agriculture with a gross output of 10 percent of GDP.
It is also the most labour intensive sector of the economy, he said, adding that the CAP vocational training institute will provide quality workers to the industry. Sheikh said the main objective of the association would be to play its role in development of project management expertise with emphasis on environmental-friendly quality construction practices and compliance standards.
Induction of skilled labour force in the sector would improve efficiencies and ensure timely completion of the projects, he said. As the representative association of the construction sector, CAP would enhance its interaction with the national and international agencies for resolution of issues and improvement of project delivery system in the country, said Sheikh.
As ex-officio member of the governing body of the Pakistan Engineering Council, he said, he would work with other members to ensure that the building safety rules are fully implemented in all the projects. Other office-bearers elected for the year 2012-13 included Fawad Islam Chaudhry, vice chairman, Punjab; Zahir Khan, vice chairman, Balochistan; Syed Iqbal Yunus, vice chairman Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa; and Saifullah Zia, vice chairman of Islamabad Region.
Other members of the executive committee included Chaudhry Habib Kanwal, Ayub Izhar, Umer Sheikh, Asad Mukhtar, Arshad Dad, Ghulam Qadir Sheerani, Zahid Qureshi, and Tazeem Ahmed.