Housing and Infrastructure Development Minister Honourable Vincent Mwale delivering a keynote speech on behalf of President Edgar Lungu at the 6th Africa Engineering week and 4th Africa Engineering Conference held at Avani Victoria Falls Resort in Livingstone.
President Edgar Lungu has urged the Engineers to build the future ‘we want’ and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with the full participation of the professionals.
President Lungu said the Zambian Government stands ready to work closely with all the Engineering professionals towards achieving the SDGs.
The Head of State made the clarion call in a speech read for him by Housing and Infrastructure Development Minister Honourable Vincent Mwale during the official opening of the 6th Africa Engineering week and 4th Africa Engineering Conference organised by the Engineering Institution of Zambia (EIZ).
The Conference was held under the theme: “Addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through Sustainable Engineering Development.”
President Lungu further challenged the Engineering profession to put mechanisms in place that would give a voice to the people by addressing their needs which had many implications for public services, social and technological innovations by helping to pave a way for more responsive collaborative public services.
“Engineering professionals play a critical role in the world because the SDGs are not an agenda of one country,” he said.
President Lungu called on all Public institutions at all levels, civil society, churches, the business community and others to work together in a broad effort to realise the SDGs.
President Lungu urged the Engineers to reach out to young people and make them excited as the SDGs would build a whole generation of change makers who could take the agenda forward.
EIZ President Eng. Sydney Matamwandi giving his opening welcoming remarks during the 4th Africa Engineering Conference.
EIZ President Eng. Sydney Matamwandi said the Institution was honoured to be selected, by the Federation of African Engineering Organizations (FAEO), to host the 4th Africa Engineering Conference as part of the broader activities within the 6th UNESCO Africa Engineering Week (AEW) which run from 15 to 21 September 2019.
Eng. Matamwandi also urged Engineers to come up with mechanisms that would give a voice to the people, including the poorest and most vunerable so that their needs could be addressed.
Eng. Matamwandi reminded the profession that Engineering development evaluated technolgical inventions which were designed to improve human and economic development within complex and low resource settings.
He said the complex nature of SDGs often necessitates solutions based on complex systems that would require wide-ranging skills, lateral thinking and knowledge transfer between various social, life and physical sciences as well as engineering discipline.
He said the Engineering profession makes important contributions from the direct addition to economic output of work by contributing to the development of various sectors.
He said the profession had brought improvements in physical infrastructure and had played a vital role in the development of the country through economic and sustainable development.
EIZ Vice President Finance & Administration Eng. Wesley Kaluba and EIZ Vice President Membership, Career & Profession Development (CPD) Eng. William K. Mulusa following proceedings during the conference.
RDA Director & CEO Eng. Elias Mwape and next to him is Director Planning & Design Eng. Dickson Ndhlovu during the conference.
RDA Acting Director Communications & Corporate Affairs Mr. Anthony Mulowa and NRFA Director Programming, Monitoring and Evaluation Eng. Yohane Tembo following the proceedings.