Conference programme

The conference will be online and delivered in-house by FIDIC in May 2024.

DAY 1 -  Wednesday 29 May 2024

Exploring Key Trends and Challenges in the Asia Pacific Region - The first session of day one of the conference will feature a comprehensive panel discussion providing updates on FIDIC’s newest contract publications. The second session will broaden the discussion to encompass regional trends in infrastructure and transport, including rail development and evolving project variables. This will be followed by two focused discussion tables. Each session will last for 75 minutes. The panel session will delve into overarching trends and challenges facing the region, setting the stage for the in-depth discussions at the parallel tables. These discussion tables will offer participants a chance to engage more deeply with specific topics, benefiting from diverse perspectives and expert insights.

Please note the timings below are in Singapore Time (SGT). You are able to change your time zone preference by clicking the button above or at the end of the programme table. 

Wednesday, May 29, 2024
3:00 PM - 3:10 PM
 
 
3:10 PM - 3:25 PM
 
 
3:25 PM - 4:40 PM


During the FIDIC Official International Contract Users Conference in London in December 2022, FIDIC published 2022 reprints of its 2017 construction contracts (Red, Yellow and Silver book) and the contracts guide. Multilateral development banks, including the World Bank and ADB have updated their respective “COPA” (Conditions of Particular Application) to adopt 2022 reprints in their Standard Bidding Documents. This year’s FIDIC International Contract User’s conference saw the publication of the Emerald Book Reprint 2023 and its Guide. FIDIC also published two guidance memorandums for its users to navigate through pandemics, global inflation and war impacts on the supply chain. 
 
This session will present FIDIC’s newest contract publications and will discuss the use of its contracts in the region
 

 
4:40 PM - 4:50 PM
 
 
4:50 PM - 6:05 PM


Building infrastructure remains a key priority in the region. The global sustainability agenda is impacting contracting and procurement and multilateral development banks have introduced rated criteria in procurement to enable sustainable procurement as well as enhance value for money. Increasingly, there is a demand that project design is aligned with the Paris Agreement requirements. The pipeline of projects is being driven by the urgent demand for climate-resilient infrastructure, with the cities facing challenges from rising water levels, increasing temperatures, increasing population putting pressure on infrastructure such as road, housing, sanitation and the availability of sufficient clean drinking water. These increased and varied challenges are opening up new opportunities for engineers, contractors and other project participants. It also highlights the need for innovative and  technology-based approaches and solutions.

This session will look at the future of contracting to build sustainable projects, achieve net zero and deliver projects on time and on budget in ever-changing environment.

 
6:05 PM - 6:10 PM
 
 
6:10 PM - 7:20 PM


This discussion table will examine the legal environment in various parts of the region and discuss how FIDIC contracts are applied. It will also look at the contractual concepts, such as variations, increase of contract price, claims procedures and their operation in various legal environments. 

Countries looked at will include Kazakhstan, Vietnam, India, etc. 
 

 


In this discussion table, participants will have the opportunity to be introduced to the members of the FIDIC Contracts Committee and be able to ask them questions on the operation of FIDIC contracts, their work in the committee and plans for new and updated contracts.

 
Time Zone: (UTC+08:00) Singapore [Change Time Zone]

DAY 2 - Thursday 30 May 2024

Advancing Infrastructure and Transport in Asia Pacific: Projects, Challenges, and Innovations - The second day will host two extended panel sessions, each lasting 75 minutes, offering deeper insights into key infrastructure projects and dispute avoidance trends in the region. The first session of the day will spotlight significant projects, discussing their developmental impacts and challenges. Experts from projects will share their experiences and strategies, providing a rich learning platform for attendees.

Please note the timings below are in Singapore Time (SGT). You are able to change your time zone preference at the end of the programme table. 

Thursday, May 30, 2024
3:00 PM - 3:10 PM
 
 
3:10 PM - 4:25 PM


This session will showcase the impactful application of FIDIC contracts in various public and private projects across the Asia Pacific region. Highlighting key projects in infrastructure, such as road construction, bridges, and metro lines, the session will provide an in-depth look at how FIDIC contracts facilitate major developmental works.

 
4:25 PM - 4:35 PM
 
 
4:35 PM - 5:50 PM


This session will discuss the dispute avoidance features of FIDIC forms and regional perspectives in mitigating conflicts. Additionally, the session will look at the common areas of disputes and will introduce FIDIC’s new Practice Note on Dispute Avoidance developed as part of its Dispute Avoidance and Adjudication Forum. Attendees will gain invaluable insights into optimising and enhancing project outcomes through proactive dispute avoidance techniques. 

 
5:50 PM - 6:00 PM


 

 
Time Zone: (UTC+08:00) Singapore [Change Time Zone]