Maputo — Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Monday urged contractors to respect the legal requirement to test the materials they are using at the Mozambique Engineering Laboratory (LEM) in order to ensure better quality and greater resilience in their building jobs.
He also recommended that contractors avoid using workers without adequate qualifications, and stop promising excessively short deadlines for finishing jobs in order to impress the owners.
Nyusi made these recommendations in Maputo during the Sixth Contractors' Gala, where the Mozambican Federation of Contractors (FME) launched its new magazine "A Construir Moçambique" ("Building Mozambique).
"All the contractors, managers and technical staff in the sector should master the country's regulations", said Nyusi. "That way we will be contributing to the quality and resilience of building jobs within a structure of rational costs".
When putting jobs out to public tender, he added, the owners of the jobs should not take as their reference point only the best prices offered by contractors, but also the building techniques required including the employment of workers with recognised skills.
Nyusi added that it is urgent to improve the execution and inspection of public works, which should involve institutions of recognised responsibility in the area.
To assist in the selection of contractors with competent staff, Nyusi urged the Order of Engineers of Mozambique to continue to publish the updated list of its qualified members.
As for foreign contractors, the President said they should not be regarded as competitors, but as "partner companies for the promotion of knowledge and the growth of the construction sector in our country".
Large scale jobs, he argued, should be shared between small, medium and large companies. In this way, contractors could give a fair response to the growth of Mozambican companies through the transfer of knowledge and technology.
"We are encouraging the Mozambican Federation of Contractors to bank on technical and professional training, and to continue establishing mutually advantageous partnerships", said Nyusi.
The President stressed that the government is committed to fighting corruption in the building industry, particularly in the hiring of contractors for public works.
He referred to the government's recent creation of the General Inspectorate of Public Works, set up to control the quality of building work. Nyusi said the new inspectorate is part of the government's efforts to create a healthy environment between contractors and society at large.