17 May 2014

Tanzania: Credentials Forgery Rocks Construction Industry

Mwanza — SOME local contractors are presenting forged credentials to secure jobs in the construction industry thus making works undertaken in the number of sites to be of low quality.

Registrar of the Contractors Registration Board (CRB) Engineer Boniface Muhegi said that the industry has been invaded by shoddy contractors whose performance are questionable and that is one of the serious challenges his Board is facing today.

"Presentation of the forged academic and professional certificates, vehicle registration cards, Bank guarantees, Registration certificates by the contractors companies have become an order of the day and that one of the problems we are fighting hard to overcome," he said.

He was speaking shortly before the opening of the CRB Annual consultative meeting which is being held here for two days insisting such malpractices will seriously hamper the construction industry and that calls for immediate measure to tame them.

Lack of stable financial muscles for most of the local contractors has remained a problem for years, and that efforts to organize fundraising campaigns targeting to get money for them have also encountered a number of hurdles.

According to Eng Muhegi, tough conditions to win tenders still limits chances for local contractors to undertake major works save for liquidity problems, that is why many major works are still easily won by giant foreign companies.

He called on the government to consider waiving taxes for imported construction machines to enable local contractors afford importing them.

But despite the underlying challenges, Eng Muhegi said there are a number of remarkable achievements that have seen the number of registered contractors increased to 7,176 as at April this year from 6,284 in 2012/2013.

Number of class A Local contractors has increased from 15 to 40 April 2014, while the criteria of registering local contractors has been improved and registration time has been decreased especially for the companies with joint venture arrangement whose registration now takes one day to complete, he said.

He reported that the existing companies with joint venture set up are 110. Among them with two to three joint venture are 109.

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