Africa and Middle East Regional Conference Programme

Day 1: 

Day one of the conference will look at how FIDIC contracts are being used across the region and hear from leading industry experts on the latest developments with FIDIC’s contracts suite. The first session will be followed by three discussion tables where delegates will have an opportunity to discuss FIDIC Golden Principles, receive an update on how the long-term effects of the Covid pandemic are affecting construction projects and on the latest dispute resolution trends in the region. 

A certificate of attendance will be provided to each conference participant which may be used for CPD verification in your local region.

To view further information and speakers, click on each session title below.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM (CEST)

Opening Remarks: 

  • Anthony Barry - President, FIDIC,  
  • Dr. Nelson Ogunshakin OBE, Chief Executive, FIDIC 
Anthony Barry Nelson Ogunshakin
10:15 AM - 10:25 AM (CEST)

Keynote Address

  • Dr Nael Bunni, FIDIC Special Advisor; Consultancy Work
Nael Bunni
10:25 AM - 10:30 AM (CEST)
 
 
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM (CEST)

Leading industry experts, members of the FIDIC contracts committee, will talk about FIDIC contracts committee pipeline, present latest FIDIC publications, share their experiences of using FIDIC forms in the region and also offer insights on the future development of FIDIC contracts, including the steps being taken to ensure their alignment with net zero aims and goals. 

  • Update from the FIDIC Contracts Committee and pipeline of future projects 
  • Experience and use of 2017 edition and other FIDIC Forms in the region   
  • Greening FIDIC Contracts   
  • Presentation of FIDIC Green Book 2021 

Moderator: Jafar Khan, Head of Legal, Mott MacDonald Group

Jafar Khan Adriana Spassova Mahmoud Abu Hussein
11:45 AM - 12:00 PM (CEST)
 
 
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM (CEST)

Breakout sessions (parallel)

Heavily amended FIDIC contracts result in contracts that no longer reflect FIDIC principles. Speakers will discuss the FIDIC Golden Principles, which set out the essential characteristics of its general conditions of contract that should not be amended if the contract is to be regarded as a genuine FIDIC contract. These Golden Principles identify which contractual principles of each form of contract FIDIC considers to be inviolable and sacrosanct.  

Moderator: Daduna Kokhreidze, General Counsel, FIDIC 

Daduna Kokhreidze Aisha Nadar Rafal Morek Aarta Alkarimi

Breakout sessions (parallel)

Legal and contractual experts will discuss the latest dispute resolution trends in the Africa and Middle East region and offer insights and opinion on how Dispute Boards help to avoid disputes.  

Moderator: Husni Madi, CEO, Shura Construction Management; Vice-Chair, FIDIC Contracts Committee 

Husni Madi Henry Musonda Jeremie Witt Jason Weller

Breakout sessions (parallel)

The Covid pandemic had a global impact on the delivery of construction projects across the world. Many of those projects are being delivered under FIDIC standard forms of contract. This session will discuss the long-term effects of the pandemic on construction projects and consider some of the likely scenarios that are arising as a consequence of Covid-19. Delegates will also learn about how parties to a FIDIC contract can consider mutually satisfactory solutions and avoid disputes arising between them.  

Moderator: Asel Housan, Arbitrator, Adjudicator, and Expert Witness 

Ahmed Ghali Asel El Housan Naief Yahia Greg Sibbald
1:15 PM - 2:00 PM (CEST)

Please note networking is open to all registrants of the three conferences and is managed by you by requesting meetings with registrants in the registrant directory.

In order to request a meeting with a fellow attendee, please use the registrant directory under your registration to request a meeting. Please note meetings can be approved or denied by the recipient and you will be informed, you will also be able to see your schedule here.

In case you have any questions or concerns requesting meetings, please contact us at events@fidic.org.

 

 
Time Zone: (UTC+02:00) Berlin, Bern [Change Time Zone]

Day 2:

Day two of the conference will hear from clients on their experiences of working with FIDIC forms on IFI-funded contracts and delegates will also receive an update on the contractual and legal implications arising from how FIDIC contracts are being used across the region.  

Thursday, May 12, 2022
10:00 AM - 10:05 AM (CEST)

Opening remarks:

  • Dr Nelson Ogunshakin OBE, Chief Executive, FIDIC
Nelson Ogunshakin
10:05 AM - 11:20 AM (CEST)

Key clients will discuss their experiences of working with FIDIC contracts on projects funded by international financial institutions and provide insights with a focus of the key issues to consider when working on such projects. 

  • Implementing road projects in Tanzania by using FIDIC Conditions of Contract

Moderator: Martina Hess, FIDIC Board Member 

Martina Hess Thomas Ngulika Aisha Nadar Sheena Bryson
11:20 AM - 11:25 AM (CEST)
 
 
11:25 AM - 12:40 PM (CEST)

Contractors and Employers, legal and contractual experts will consider the contractual aspects and implications of working with FIDIC contracts in the region.

  • The role and authority of the Engineer 
  • Where contracts go wrong? – experience in Africa
  • Termination for default, its consequences, and the Parties entitlements – regional perspective

Moderator: Nicholas Gould, Partner, Fenwick Elliott LLP 

Nicholas Gould Waleed El Nemr Ahmed Fathi Waly Funmi Iyayi
12:40 PM - 12:45 PM (CEST)

Closing Remarks

  • Dr Nelson Ogunshakin OBE, CEO, FIDIC
Nelson Ogunshakin
12:45 PM - 1:30 PM (CEST)

In order to request a meeting with a fellow attendee, please use the registrant directory under your registration to request a meeting. Please note meetings can be approved or denied by the recipient and you will be informed, you will also be able to see your schedule here.

In case you have any questions or concerns requesting meetings, please contact us at events@fidic.org.

 
Time Zone: (UTC+02:00) Berlin, Bern [Change Time Zone]

Exclusive MDB session available to all registrants of the FIDIC Regional Contract Users' Conference

Wednesday, May 11, 2022
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (CEST)

Global supply chains supporting the rise of renewable energy and energy storage include mining and processing of minerals that are often linked to forced labour.  To support forced labour risk mitigation, companies need to strengthen related procurement processes by including forced labour bidder declarations, qualification requirements and strengthened contractual provision in procurement. As a key recent example, the World Bank has enhanced its Standard Procurement Documents to require its borrowers to strengthen procurements involving solar panels/solar components. The panel will discuss the issues arising in the renewable energy supply chain and ongoing industry efforts to mitigate those risks, and protect the workers globally supporting the energy transition. 

Moderator: Dr Nelson Ogunshakin, CEO, FIDIC

Enzo de Laurentiis Husni Madi Tim De Meyer Nelson Ogunshakin Daduna Kokhreidze Philip Napier-Moore
Time Zone: (UTC+02:00) Berlin, Bern [Change Time Zone]

Keynote speaker

Full Name
Dr Nael Bunni
Job Title
Senior Director
Company
Bunni & Associates Limited
Speaker Bio
Dr. Bunni is a Chartered Engineer, Registered Chartered Arbitrator, Conciliator/Mediator, Adjudicator and Visiting Professor in Construction Law and Contract Administration at Trinity College Dublin. He is Past President of the Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland (1987/1988); of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, world wide (2000/2001), and Past Chairman of its Irish Branch (1986/1989); Past Chairman of FIDIC’s Standing Committee on Professional Liability and its Task Committee on Construction, Insurance and Law. He was awarded the SCL Medal for his significant contribution to furthering the Society’s aim of promoting the study and understanding of construction law amongst the industry.

Since 1972, Dr. Bunni has acted as arbitrator, conciliator/mediator or dispute adjudication board member on cases involving parties from over 50 jurisdictions. As arbitrator, he has acted as sole arbitrator; member of tribunal; or chairman (president) of tribunal, in over 155 domestic and international cases, under the Rules of Arbitration of: the ICC; UNCITRAL; LCIA; CRCICA; DIAC, IEI; or ad hoc rules.
Nael Bunni

Speakers

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