CIB W92 (Procurement Systems) in collaboration with the University of Salford and Constructing Excellence UK, welcomed over 300 international participants to the webinar to listen to world experts from the UK, USA, Hong Kong, UAE and South Africa.
The webinar took evidence on the immediate impact of the Pandemic, and the responses of governments and sector leaders. That the importance of the construction sector to governments worldwide in promoting economic recovery from the pandemic is now widely recognised was identified as the potential catalyst for change that has long been called for in the construction sector. The sector is key to enabling recovery to deliver long term sustainability. While there are different models being promoted to understand post-COVID recovery, the webinar promoted intense discussion under the following headings:- Restart (increase output, maximise employment and minimise disruption); Reset: drive demand, increase productivity, strengthen capability in the supply chain; and Reinvent: transform the industry, deliver better value, collaboration and partnership.
The webinar highlighted:
- The necessity to integrate with policy and practice priorities and for the academic community to collaborate to support he post COVID recovery, and
- that the similar challenges faced worldwide place CIB in a strong position to support global collaboration to share intelligence, ideas and solutions.
Report by CIB W92 co-ordinators Professor Peter McDermott, Professor Steve Rowlinson, and by Dr. Bankole Awuzie.
Watch the future of the Construction Sector post Covid-19 webinar.