African Engineers pledge to back African Continental Free Trade Area

African Engineers assemble efforts to catapult the continents’ infrastructure a notch better [image: courtesy]
The Federation of African Engineering Organization (FACEO)  has pledged its support towards the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement to help boost free trade across the continent.

They said the core aim of AfCFTA, which among others, is seeking to create opportunities for the African countries to bring 30 million people out of extreme poverty and to raise the incomes of 68 million who live on less than $5.50 per day was laudable and needs the support of all.

Mrs Carlien Bou-Chedid, the President of FAEO, speaking at the end of the 7th Edition of the African Engineering Week and 5th Africa Engineering conference held in Accra, said the meeting resolved to institutionalize its relationship with AfCFTA, Africa Union (AU) and the government of all African Countries.

“The first step is to establish an MoU with AfCFTA, actively engage the AfCFTA Secretariat and Heads of Member States in the delivery of solutions to the infrastructure required to ensure free trade across Africa,” said.

Mrs Bou-Chedid noted that the African Engineers had resolved to begin some initiatives, including leading the harmonization of standards and codes across Africa by engaging in relevant regional bodies and innovating commercially to harness the natural resources of the Africa Continent.

She said the group would establish an African Fulbright Programme to teach African citizens and create an African University exchange programme among lecturers and students.

The president noted that the group had resolved to promote ethical training in curriculum for engineering education, mentor more students in second cycle institutions to pursue engineering through aggressive outreach activities and co9nvince governments of member states to increase funding towards research in engineering.

They would lead a training programme for intellectual property rights, sign the single African Air Transport Market, lead in the development of infrastructure and establish an African Arbitration Centre and train world-class Arbitrators as well as lead in promoting better collaboration between industry and academia.

They also advocated for facilities in infrastructure to cater for women in Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises and the promotion of gender consideration during planning, design, implementation and post-implementation stages of all projects.