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About us Members Positions Issue September 2016
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Dear Reader,

Register now for the upcoming EIC Autumn Conference in Brussels on 6-7 October with a workshop on “Smart Cities - International Opportunities for European Contractors”. More information on the EIC Conference Website. If you make your booking by 14 September you can benefit from the special EIC rates at the conference hotel.

Sincerely,
Your EIC Team

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EIC Autumn Conference: Smart Cities - International Opportunities for European Contractors 
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The EIC Autumn Conference will be held in Brussels on 6-7 October 2016 with a thematic focus on “Smart Cities - International Opportunities for European Contractors”. Read more...

EIC Working Group Africa meets with DG DEVCO, France's AFD and Germany's KfW
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EIC Working Group Africa met DG DEVCO to discuss the new EU PRAG rules for Design-Build (and Operate) projects and the latest evaluation on the EU’s support to the African transport sector. Read more...

EIC takes part in 6th Tokyo International Conference on African Development in Nairobi, Kenya
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By invitation of its Japanese counterpart, OCAJI, EIC participated on in the 6th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (“TICAD VI”) in Nairobi, Kenya. Read more...


News from Bruessels
EU Consultation on Revising the European Consensus on Development

EIC submitted its feedback during a public consultation launched by the European Commission on the future of EU development policy. Read more...

EU Consultation on New EU External Investment Plan

EIC participated in a consultation on the new EU External Investment Plan (EIP) which is part of the “EU new Partnership Framework with third countries under the European Agenda on Migration” and aims to support investments in Africa and Neighbourhood countries. Read more...

Brief Notices

European Road Infrastructure Congress in Leeds, UK on 18-20 October 

The 1ˢᵗ European Road Infrastructure Congress will be held in Leeds, UK on 18-20 October 2016. The  program focusses on three main themes:
- Road Deliveries
- Road Safety
- Road Adaptation to new mobilities and technological disruptions.
Registrations are now open. Read more...


2016 FIDIC International Contract
Users' Conference 

The 2016 FIDIC International Contract
Users' Conference is held in London on 6-7 December 2016 with additional workshops on 5 & 8 December. Delegates registering before the end of September will receive a print and bound draft authorised copy of the new FIDIC Yellow Book [2017 edition], which will be fully explained by the FIDIC Contracts' Committee at the conference. Read more...


Members' Corner

EIC welcomes Fenwick Elliott and SECO as new Associated Company Members

Fenwick Elliott, UK-based construction & energy law specialists, have joined EIC as Associated Company Members. Fenwick Elliott offers legal services for construction, engineering and energy projects worldwide.
Belgium's SECO also joined EIC. Established in 1934, SECO offers certification, technical inspection services and advisory to improve safety, reduce risk and optimise solutions for its partners in construction projects worldwide.

 
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EIC Autumn Conference: Smart Cities - International Opportunities for European Contractors  

Brussels   The EIC Autumn Conference will be held in Brussels on 6-7 October 2016 with a thematic focus on “Smart Cities - International Opportunities for European Contractors”. A number of high-ranking speakers, including Henriette van Eijl of the European Commission's DG MOVE, KPMG Partner Daniël Pairon and Samsung's Ahmad Abdelrazaq will analyse different aspects of the global trend towards smart cities.

In a second session on innovative solutions for smart cities of the future Tractebel's Hein Dirix, SWECO CEO Tomas Carlsson and Rambøll Group's Neel Strøbaek will share their knowledge and experience with the workshop auditorium.

Contractor Paul Cartuyvels of Bouygues will speak on his experience with building smart cities and Young-Hoon Son of Korea's Land & Housing Corporation (KLHC) will share the experience of Korean International Contractors in building Smart Cities. He is part of a delegation from ICAK - International Contractors Association of Korea visiting EIC and attending the conference.

Links:
Conference Programme
Online Registration

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EIC Working Group Africa meets with DG DEVCO, France's AFD and Germany's KfW

Paris  The EIC Working Group Africa met on 8 July 2016 with DG DEVCO to discuss the new EU PRAG rules for Design-Build (and Operate) projects and the latest evaluation on the EU’s support to the African transport sector.  

At the meeting, Mr. Antonio Torres Martinez, Transport Programme Manager at DG DEVCO, informed the EIC Working Group about the underlying reasons for introducing new EU-PRAG rules for Design-Build and also why the European Commission preferred to draft its own home-made set of contract conditions rather than relying on FIDIC’s 1999 “Yellow Book”. He announced that the final documents should be published in autumn 2016 and he invited EIC to submit its feedback on the draft rules before the end of September.

Evaluation of EU support to the African transport sector from 2005-2013

Mr. Torres Martinez further familiarised EIC with the latest strategic evaluation of the EU’s support to the transport sector in Africa over the years 2005-2013. The focus of the study is on the road sub-sector, including the provision of infrastructure, its operation and maintenance, as well as institutional strengthening and regulatory activities supported by the EU. The Working Group decided to prepare an EIC position on the findings of the study with a particular emphasis on calling upon the European Commission to review the current strategy of disengagement from the transport sector.

ECAs present experiences in international sustainable procurement

Representatives from the French and German development banks, Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and KfW Development Bank (KfW), joined the meeting to set out the importance of sustainable procurement criteria in their international tenders. AFD, KfW and EIC identified a common interests in promoting sustainable procurement methods on EU and MDB level.

Links:
Strategic evaluation of EU support to the transport sector in Africa (2005 - 2013)
AFD Presentation
KfW Presentation

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EIC takes part in 6th Tokyo International Conference on African Development in Nairobi

Nairobi   By invitation of its Japanese counterpart, OCAJI, EIC participated on 26-27 August 2016 in a side event of the 6th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (“TICAD VI”) in Nairobi, Kenya. Co-organised by the Government of Japan, the United Nations Office of the Special Advisor on Africa (UN-OSAA), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), African Union Commission (AUC) and the World Bank, TICAD VI was opened by the Japanese Prime Minister and the Kenyan President and brought together over 6,000 participants, including several African Heads of States and representatives from international organisations as well as from more than 100 Japanese enterprises.

Side event “Public-Private Conference on High-Quality Infrastructure”

Various side events were scheduled to run immediately before and during the TICAD VI Summit and EIC was invited by OCAJI to contribute the European perspective to the “Africa-Japan Public-Private Conference for High-Quality Infrastructure” at which the Government of Japan set out its infrastructure initiative titled “Expanded Partnership for Quality Infrastructure” which recently had been acknowledged by the G7 summit in Ise Shima. Through this initiative, Japan intends to foster Japanese exports of high-quality infrastructure to developing countries and the Japanese government is prepared in this context to provide financing of approximately US$ 200 billion in the next five years to be allocated to infrastructure projects across the world.

EIC Member Companies present their experience in Africa

The EIC delegation was headed by its President, Philippe Dessoy, who extended the opening remarks at the Workshop on collaboration with Japanese companies. Further presentations were held by European international contractors from France (Vinci and Bouygues), The Netherlands (Boskalis), Portugal (Mota-Engil) and Turkey (Polimeks). European speakers emphasised that European and Japanese construction companies were sharing the same values, such as the quest for quality, safety, integrity and sustainability, in their international activities.

A win-win situation could be created by combining the complementary expertise and resources of European and Japanese companies – and development finance institutions as well – on the African infrastructure market. At the end of the conference, EIC and OCAJI agreed to explore the opportunities for organising a joint meeting between European and Japanese international contractors in the course of 2017.

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News from Bruessels

EU Consultation on Revising the European Consensus on Development

Brussels    EIC submitted its feedback during a public consultation launched by the European Commission on the future of EU development policy. With this consultation the European Commission has invited a wide range of stakeholders to present their views on how EU development policy might respond to the “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” adopted by the United Nations (UN) in September 2015.

EU response to “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development “

The core of the 2030 Agenda is the set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and associated targets, which replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) from 2016, and run to 2030. The EU consultation aims at gathering views on how to integrate and implement the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the COP 21 Paris Agreement into a revised European Consensus on Development. The EU Commission plans to publish its proposal by November 2016.

EIC recommends stronger emphasis on Transport Infrastructure Sector

EIC has emphasised in its response that the construction sector presents a very good opportunity to create decent jobs for young people and that the revised European Consensus should put a higher emphasis on the construction and infrastructure sectors. Such policy would also be in line with a recent strategic evaluation of EU support to the transport sector in Africa 2005-2013. EIC also recalled that the importance of quality infrastructure development was also stressed during the latest G7 summit in Japan where global leaders endorses the "G7 Ise-Shima Principles for Promoting Quality Infrastructure Investment" to address the global infrastructure gap.

Links:
Consultation Website
EIC Position

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News from Bruessels

EU Consultation on New EU External Investment Plan 

Brussels   On 30 August 2016, EIC participated in Brussels in a consultation on the new EU External Investment Plan (EIP). The Plan is part of the "EU new Partnership Framework with third countries under the European Agenda on Migration" and aims to support investments in Africa and Neighbourhood countries as a means to contribute to the achievement of sustainable development goals, while tackling some of the root causes of migration and forced displacement. It provides for the first time a specific, coherent overall framework to promote investment in these regions, leveraging funds from the EU, its Member States (MS) and other donors and financing from Financial Institutions (FIs) and the private sector.

New fund, new structure

The EIP shall be structured around three pillars: Pillar 1 is the new European Fund for Sustainable Development (EFSD), with the key objective of providing an integrated financial package to finance investments in regions outside the EU, thereby creating growth and employment opportunities, maximising additionality, delivering innovative products and crowding-in private sector funds. The EU Commission will allocate €3 billion to the fund until 2020 expecting to mobilise up to € 30 billion investment. Loan guarantees and first loss guarantees are created in order to mitigate specific risks in development projects.

Pillar 2 is enhanced technical assistance to help local authorities and companies develop a higher number of sustainable projects and attract investors. Pillar 3 comprises a range of dedicated thematic, national and regional EU development cooperation programmes combined with structured political dialogue targeted at improving the investment climate and overall policy environment in the countries concerned.

Role of the private sector not yet clearly defined

The role of the private sector is not clearly defined yet but an “External Investment Plan Private Sector Advisory Board” shall probably be established, having a consultation role towards the EIP governing Board. In addition, the EU Commission is thinking to open the EFSD Strategic Board to the private sector. The EU Commission´s proposal shall be published by mid-September 2016.

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Picture Credits: Andreas Marquardt  / pixelio.de; European Commission, TICAD

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