Professional Bodies Contribute to Development

| May 26, 2015

The government of Botswana recognises the importance of regulated professional bodies in contributing to the country’s development and the association protection which registration offers to the public at large.

This was said by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Infrastructure, Science and Technology, Mr Dikagiso Mokotedi, at the Institute of Botswana Quantity (IBQS) Gala Dinner, on Friday, May 22.

For this reason, Mr Mokotedi said government in partnership with voluntary professional associations, such as IBQS, Architects and Engineers worked hard in facilitating the formulation of appropriate Acts that regulated the respective disciplines.

However, he expressed concern that Acts regulating both the Engineers and Architects professions had long been passed, but their implementations were delayed, adding that the Quantity Surveyors’ Registration Act of 2013 also came into effect in April 2014.

“The need for professional regulation, he said can never be over emphasized. Whether you are a Quantity Surveyor, Architect, Engineer or a contractor, the main focus of a regulated profession is to assure the public of a good quality service and serves as an integrity assurance mechanism,” he said.

Achievement of educational qualification alone, he said was not sufficient to enable oneself to be regarded as a professional, adding that demonstration and adherence to ethical standards and set rules were prerequisite to enter any professional body.

Although some professional bodies conducted entrance examinations, as a Ministry, he said they trusted that the QSRC would, in commencing its registration, follow similar international best practices.

Once registered, he said members were expected to conduct themselves with the highest integrity and offer unbiased aice which could be relied upon at all times. For that reason, Mr Mokotedi encouraged all quantity surveyors and the public at large to familiarise themselves with the provisions of the Quantity Surveyors Registration Act, 2013.

“It is critical that as you register you are clear on the qualifications and procedures for registration on while on the other hand the public must be aware of all administrative procedures of how complaints of indiscipline or alleged misconduct to the Council have to be launch with the Council,” he added.

Government, Mr Mokotedi said understood the role played by quantity surveyors in the construction industry and hoped that the passing of the Quantity Surveyors’ Registration Act, 2013 would, among other things, enhance the quality of service offered by quantity surveyors to the consumers of the services.

Mr Mokotedi encouraged the Council to ensure that those who were found guilty of any professional misconduct or engaged in criminal activities were dealt with in accordance with the provisions of the Act and the registration process was also dealt with diligently and expeditiously.

The public, he said must be assured that those registration were competent to undertake their duties, adding that the code of conduct must also be in the public domain and also a clear continuous professional development guidelines must be maintained to maintain public confidence in the profession.

Failure to achieve any on these key requirements, he said might compromise public trust in the profession and results in the collapse of the profession. Furthermore, the permanent secretary commended IBQS for their contribution during the drafting and passing of the Quantity Surveyors’ Registration Act of 2013.

From this Act, he said a regulatory body called Quantity Surveying Registration Council (QSRC) had been established to administer the Act in accordance with its provisions, adding that government had provided a subvention of approximately P1.6 million to the Council in order to facilitate the implementation of this Act.

Government, Mr Mokotedi said would continue to assist the QSRC with funding until the Council was in a position to provide its own funding. However, he cautioned that there were many competing national needs, which presented a possibility of the funding to the Council to be under threat due to other emerging national priorities.

In view of this, Mr Mokotedi encouraged the Council to work hard towards identifying other source of funding in the future and avoid dependence on government. This, he said would, among other things, ensure movement towards the intended self-regulation in line with the provisions of the Act.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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