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FIDIC World Consulting Engineers Conference in Davos

The world conference of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) will be held in Davos on 3-5 October under the theme “Local Resources – Global Perspectives."

At this meeting, some 600 of the world’s leading engineers from 75 countries will be discussing leading issues such as finding solutions to climate change, sustainable infrastructure, energy efficiency, urbanisation, water and waste issues, and new forms of risk sharing, including public-private partnerships, according to a FIDIC announcement.

Sri Lanka is being represented by Malith Mendis, President of the Association of Consulting Engineers (ACESL). He will also attend the Presidents’’ meeting and the Annual General Meeting of FIDIC, and will present Sri Lanka’s views on Engineering and Development.

“Never before in human history has the role of the consulting engineer been so important,” noted FIDIC President Gregs Thomopulos. “With expanding globalisation, the need to transport people and goods continues to increase, energy demands are growing to match higher standards of living, and we are facing never before seen environmental and demographic challenges.”

High quality drinking water; Safe, accessible transportation; Renewable energy sources; and better infrastructure to cope with natural disasters are just a few examples of how consulting engineers help shape society every day. “Current issues require a global vision,” said Enrico Vink, Managing Director of FIDIC, adding; “with no single country able to meet these challenges on its own. The available expertise to offer better solutions needs to be harnessed across international borders.

This requires closer collaboration and knowledge sharing, so that global solutions can be applied at the local level.” FIDIC, founded in Switzerland in 1913, represents 87 national associations, the majority of consulting engineering firms around the world and a total of 1.5 million engineers.

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