The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Constrution Regulator Lists Contractors Afresh

The National Construction Authority has registered more than 19,000 contractors in a fresh drive to rid the sector of rogue entities.

A search on its website shows NCA has made a total of 19,047 entries of registered contractors, detailing the names, class and category of each. The regulator is soon set to start listing approved construction projects in every county on its website.

The list of registered contractors includes a hoard of Chinese firms - such as China Wu Yi, China Zhongxing Construction, China Sichuan Int., China Railway Engineering, China Jiangxi Int., China Petroleum, and China Overseas Engineering - most of which have clinched lucrative deals in various construction projects across the country.

NCA is empowered to register foreign contractors and joint ventures that meet the requirements to operate in the country. They must demonstrate capacity to accomplish such works being registered for.

Foreign contractors applying for temporary registration must commit to sub-contract "not less than 30 per cent of the value of the contract work", according to the regulations.

NCA was set up to "streamline, overhaul and regulate" the construction industry, which has for many years suffered poor legislative framework and dominated by quacks and unqualified persons.

"The industry has also suffered a lot of competition from foreign contractors who are seen to offer cheaper and more quality work," it says.

It is now an offence to carry out any construction work without first being registered with the regulator.

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