26TH INSTITUTION OF ENGINEERS OF KENYA (IEK) INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 2019
CONFERENCE THEME: OVERCOMING THE 21ST CENTURY CHALLENGES
The conference theme, “Overcoming the 21st Century Challenges” presents a great opportunity to the delegates to reflect on the current and future challenges facing the human race. Engineers being problem solvers have a rare and special opportunity to find out scientific and engineering solutions to the challenges which ranges from the increasing world population to climate change.
Resources are becoming scarce day by day because of the aforementioned challenges and conflict and intolerance by countries over the natural resources is growing at an alarming rate. These challenges, though huge, are solvable and to adequately tackle them, we have to be innovative and focused in the engineering profession. United Nations (UN) has been at the forefront in emphasizing the need for the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Similarly, the African Union’s agenda 2063 outlines the various aspirations for the African continent. In Kenya, the government has launched the “Big Four Agenda” (B4A) to guide the country’s development program for the period 2018-2022. The B4A is in line with the Vision 2030 which aspires for a middle income industrialized nation.
As engineers, we are crucial stakeholders in these world development agenda and their implementation. We have a responsibility to create employment through manufacturing and industrialization, provide affordable and decent housing and enhance food security. The issue of sustainable water resources management and sanitation goes hand in hand with the efforts to create resilient cities, human settlements and infrastructure. From the materials we use to our manufacturing processes, we must have the natural environment in mind. The ravaging effects of pollution and climate change can no longer be ignored or dismissed. It is upon us to ensure the development in Africa is sustainable and people driven, relying on the potential of the African people especially the involvement of women and youth.
The IEK strategic plan clearly outlines our vision to engineer a sustainable world. We have a mandate to promote the general advancement of science and practice of engineering in Kenya. I am working with a team of enthusiastic distinguished engineers in the IEK Council who are keen to bring the vision to fruition. As the learned society of the engineering profession, we are dedicated to advancement of the engineering profession through continuous professional development, capacity-building and knowledge transfer initiatives among our members.
This conference has therefore come at the right time to bring us together to brainstorm and exchange knowledge on how to implement sustainable regional and local development agenda. It is a step in the right direction to harness our valuable intangible resources, which is our engineering knowledge and ideas, for a better future.
The conference theme has been sub-divided into several sub-themes as listed below:-
i. Funding and contracting strategies that promote local content.
ii. Global best practices in Procurement strategies
iii. Enhancing capacity building
iv. Impacts of existing Legal and regulatory framework
v. Promoting ethical behaviour
vi. Compliance with United Nations Sustainable development goals.
vii. Alignment with Africa Union 2063
viii. Implementing Kenya’s Vision 2030 and Big 4 Agenda
ix. Smart cities and artificial intelligence
The 26th IEK conference will be held at the Leisure Lodge Beach & Golf Resort, Diani, Kenya from Tuesday, 3rd September – Friday 6th Sept 2019.