DEİK-FCIC International Engineering Forum was held in Istanbul

Organized for the eighth time this year with the cooperation of the Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEİK) and the Federation of Consultants of Islamic Countries (FCIC), the DEİK-FCIC International Engineering Forum brought together global companies, public authorities and business people that shape the industry. In the hybrid forum, the effects of wars and disasters on the reconstruction work in technical consultancy and the difficulties experienced in human resources in this field were discussed. In this context, the restructuring of Ukraine after the war and the impact of the earthquake, which is one of the most important agenda topics in Istanbul, on the reconstruction works were emphasized.

Speaking at the opening of the forum, Hasan Murat Nesimoğlu, Head of the Foreign Contracting and Technical Consultancy Department of the General Directorate of International Service Trade of the Ministry of Commerce of the Republic of Turkey, said, “We support the work of DEİK, FCIC and TMMMB and appreciate their efforts. Economic crises resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Russia-Ukraine war, major disasters in recent years, and the climate crisis are some of the challenges. All crises bring some opportunities. We must see these crises as a chance to build a better world. Regarding the Russia-Ukraine war, as you have witnessed, Turkey plays a critical and constructive role. There may be a revival in projects that were postponed after the war ended. I believe that the members of the FCIC will take part in the rebuilding of Ukraine. We are deeply saddened to see the destruction caused by earthquakes, floods and forest fires all over the world. That’s why we need green transformation and better systems. We must ensure that our buildings and infrastructure can withstand the current and future effects of similar disasters and climate change. The expertise of technical consultancy companies and the use of new technology will help in the green transformation and fight.

DEİK/International Technical Consultancy Business Council Chairman Munis Özer stated that they have offered new business opportunities abroad to Turkish contracting, consultancy and architectural firms by taking advantage of DEİK’s strong global network since 2013. We signed an important protocol between FCIC and we started to organize the “DEİK-FCIC International Engineering Forum” in cooperation. At the Forum, which we organized for the 8th time this year, we came together as a hybrid with very important names that shape the sector. Within the scope of the forum, this time we focused on two critical current issues. We discussed the impact of wars and disasters on technical consultancy, and the difficulties experienced in the field of human resources, which has come to the fore in recent years. Disasters are inevitable natural events; only if we are technically prepared we can reduce the dangers. Wars, on the other hand, can be stopped by diplomacy. Today, wars use chemical, biological and nuclear weapons, creating devastating effects on both humanity and the environment. Therefore, we must be ready for all kinds of disasters in the field of technical consultancy,” he said.

Mohamed E. Abdelrahman, President of the Federation of Consultants of Islamic Countries (FCIC), said, “8. I would like to thank DEİK for the DEİK-FCIC International Engineering Forum. As FCIC, we are very happy to cooperate with DEİK and to sign this important event together. It is extremely productive to be together, especially with physical participation. We thank ISDB once again for their continued support of FCIC capacity building programmes. During COP27 10 days ago, we met with experts from around the world on the role of the technical consulting industry in resilience and climate change challenges. Today, we have brought together very distinguished speakers, each of whom is competent in their respective fields, to discuss the challenges after war and disasters. I hope that we will gain valuable gains with the exchange of ideas within the scope of the Forum.”

Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Project Procurement Department Manager Aamir Ghani Mir pointed out the increasing importance of technical consultancy and engineering services in terms of international development and said, “With the ongoing negative impact of the COVID-19 epidemic, which has been exacerbated by the negative impact of the Russia-Ukraine war on global economic growth, We are going through a more difficult process. This challenging situation requires the service sector to be innovative and resilient in finding crisis opportunities. Especially, we see that the consultancy services in Islamic countries are late in understanding these developments and this growing gap is worrying. “We need focused efforts to capture and adopt new technologies, develop human resources, and consider new imperatives, including climate-friendly, green and sustainable solutions that are in demand.”

Turkish Association of Consulting Engineers and Architects (TMMMB) President İrfan Aker stated that as of the end of September 2022, Turkish engineering, consultancy and architectural firms undertook 2510 different projects with a total contract value of 2.9 billion dollars in 131 countries. and war remains important among the issues we have to deal with. However, the current contraction in supply, escalating concerns about inflation and the escalation of globally devastating events such as the Ukraine war mean that the degree of development of project demand has become more difficult to predict. However, we must also seize the opportunities in these difficult times. In my personal opinion, the main driving forces are; digitalisation, adaptation and sustainability. It will impact the entire industry, presenting both challenges and opportunities for incumbent engineering consultants, technical consultants and contracting firms. Digital and technological advances have made significant advances and are increasingly being adopted and standardized in some areas. In particular, digitalization will play a key role in increasing and disseminating the architecture, engineering and construction industry disciplines that provide opportunities and challenges to our industry.”

Kazım Gökhan Elgin, Director of Istanbul Governorship Istanbul Project Coordination Unit, also made a presentation titled “Implementation of Istanbul Seismic Risk Mitigation and Emergency Preparedness Project (ISMEP) in Turkey”. Elgin said, “Within the scope of the ISMEP Project, public buildings, especially schools and hospitals, are either strengthened or demolished and rebuilt for earthquake safety. Since 2006, 2520 buildings on 1587 campuses in Istanbul have been made earthquake-safe.”

In the forum, the “Effect of War and Disaster” on Technical Consultancy Services” panel was moderated by Newtech Consulting Group (Sudan) Engineer Mohamed Abdelrahman, Majid Hamouda from Glory Engineering (Palestine), DOLSAR Mühendislik A.Ş. Co (Turkey) and Nevzat Yaşar from IsDB Regional Center (Turkey).

In the forum, “Human Resources Challenges Faced by Technical Consultancy Firms” panel was moderated by FCIC Vice President (Morocco) Moncef Ziani, FCIC Vice President (Bangladesh) Engineer Abdul Aziz, Su Yapı Mühendislik HR Director (Turkey) Ayşe Kaymak and ACE Co. It was held with the participation of Jawdat Yaghmour from (Jordan)

Koltek became the sponsor of the 8th DEIK-FCIC International Engineering Forum.

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