Faculty of Civil Engineering & Architecture, Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology and a private media group jointly organized Forum on Pakistani and European Construction Industry.

The Vice Chancellor SSUET, Prof. Dr. Vali Uddin inaugurated the Forum by delivering welcome speech. The Forum was also addressed by His Excellency Aftab Khokar, Pakistani Ambassador for Austria, Arch. Flamur Ahmeti from Austria, Engr. Farhan Qaiser, Director Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA), Mr Mustafa Habib, Editor Dunya News Forum and Dr Mir Shabbar Ali, Dean Faculty of Civil Engineering & Architecture, SSUET.

Addressing the Forum, Vice Chancellor SSUET, Prof. Dr. Vali Uddin said that the constructing industry has an important role to play in the future development of Pakistan along with global community amid a rapidly changing world. New knowledge and skill for planning and development of cities is always needed to providing requisite infrastructure, including buildings, roads and water and waste water systems etc. The construction industry in Pakistan has expanded by 3% in 2021, because of government’s stimulus packages with a subsidy worth Rs 30 billion for the support of construction sector in terms of employment and economic output.

Pakistani Ambassador for Austria, Aftab Khokar, said Pakistan has a greater ratio of population, so the country needs the construction of vertical buildings for residential purpose. There are many countries in the world, which have population equivalent to Karachi. Pakistani government is giving due importance to the construction industry.

Arch. Flamur Ahmeti from Austria said that Austria and Europe have strict laws for building construction. According to European Laws, house builder needs to make a complete system of recycling of water. European laws does not allow to waste water. In Austria, no architect can work without license, which is given to the architect who has 2 years of experience. You also need to take energy certificate before construction a building.

Director SBCA, Farhan Qaiser said that Karachi accommodated everyone but no one owns the city. It is not appropriate to compare Pakistan with Europe. Horizontal buildings can be made in Europe, but not in Pakistan because of population difference.

Dean Faculty of Civil Engineering & Architecture, Dr Mir Shabbar Ali, said that it is a good opportunity for students to listen to the international engineers, so that they can learn from their knowledge and experience to improve their skills.

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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