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The Ghana Institution of Engineering (GhIE)on 21st March, 2018 heldaTechnical and Panel Discussion Session as part of its ongoing 50th Anniversary Conference at the auditoriums of the International Students Guest Centre (ISGC) – Teiman, Accra.

Chairman of the Group of African Member Association (GAMA) of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC), Ing. F.Asare-Yeboah led the first panel discussionson the theme: “GhIE @ 50: A Review & the Future”. He spoke on the historicbackground of the institution, noting its challenges and growth since its inception in 1968. Adding that, for the institution to continue on its path of success, it is very important for the institution to be “conscious of development” in all sectors of the economy.

Ing. Mrs. CarlienBou-Chedid, GhIEPresident,in aremarkacknowledged the past leadership of the institution for it efforts in publicizing the works of the institution. Further noting how mainstream media publicity of workshops, seminars and lectures haspositively impacted the progressive image of the institution. She called for trust and a unified voice void of politics in addressing issues relating to engineeringand development.

On his part, the Vice President of the Institution of Engineers Rwanda, Ing. Dr. Twagira Elias noted the importance of engineering in development of any nation. Adding that, “there cannot be development without engineers” hence it is important for governments to partner with engineers in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He cited examples of how engineering ingenuity had aided in the effective use of drones to solve problems in Rwanda’s agriculture and health sector.

Speaking on challenges faced by engineers within the public sector, Ing. Edmund Offei-Annor,Director of Policy and Planning (Ministry of Roads and Highways), noted three main areas of challenge: Planning, Capacity Building and Funding. He explained how government tenure influences ongoing developmental plans, human resource and capacity building influence the success of a project, and how funding is very vital in accomplishing project goals.

Provost of the College of Engineering, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Prof. Mark Adom-Asamoah in his contribution underlined the importance of leadership and practical training as being fundamental in groomingyoung engineers.

The session attracted over 500 participants from the corporate and academic world.