International Federation of Asian & Western Pacific Contractors' Associations
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I am pleased and honoured to be the 44th President of this distinguished organisation. It is with appreciation, total humility, and profound sense of responsibility that I accept the call to serve as the President. I want to specifically recognize the efforts and achievements of the previous administration led by Mr Yoo Joo-
I am truly honoured that IFAWPCA has given me this trust and mandate, and I promise to do my best to serve members and work together with the new office bearers to elevate this organization to a higher level.
There is a need to have continued research and innovations in the construction industry, and we need the support of the respective Governments to come up with better solutions to the issues facing our respective construction industries such as poor quality of works, better productivity, affordable housing, rising cost of construction, lower dependency on foreign labours, improving adoption of new construction technologies, site safety issues and many more. More will need to be done moving forward and together with IFAWPCA members I believe this is achievable.
The road to continued success for IFAWPCA is grounded on the principles of partnership, trust and a deep sense of justice and responsibility. I will not limit my Presidency to presiding over meetings or reading statements but it is my aim to come up with tangible end products and results for IFAWPCA to carry through to next conventions and beyond so we can truly be proud of IFAWPCA. Bear in mind that we have no more than 18 months to achieve this.
I graciously thank Master Builders Association Malaysia (MBAM) for giving me the mandate to serve as the President of IFAWPCA. I also want to express my gratitude to my family, who have supported me in all my undertakings and all of you who make this organization IFAWCPA so successful.
As you would know by now, the 44th IFAWPCA Convention 2018 will be hosted by MBAM from 12th to 16th November 2018 in Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and we will definitely work hard towards a very memorable event next year. I look forward to hosting this grand event and welcoming you to our country as many IFAWPCA members have committed their delegations to attend next year. Therefore, please lock in your calendar and see you in Malaysia!
Datuk Matthew Tee, IFAWPCA President