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The second Construction Work and Housing Development University-Industry Linkage Forum urged academics and industry players to work together in resolving the hitches hindering the growth of the local construction sector.

When the forum was held yesterday at Washington Hotel in Addis Ababa, industry leaders and academics agreed that research based findings were key in addressing the hitches in the construction sector. The forum was organized by the Ethiopian Construction Project Management Institute.

Construction Minister, Aisha Mohammed, who opened the one day forum, said that the construction industry has been recording a steady growth in the past ten years. The construction sector has been growing at a rate of 12.43 percent yearly and contributes some 5.3 percent to the nation’s GDP. However, Aisha said that the global competiveness of the industry in terms of utilizing modern technologies and construction systems is at a lower stage.

The minister said that it was imperative to integrate the construction sector players and members of the academia and conduct practical researches and implement the findings of the research in addressing the challenges facing the construction sector.

The Construction Work and Housing Development Industry-University Linkage was created in November 2015 aimed at synchronizing the efforts to transform the construction sector among the academia and industry stakeholders. The national forum has six regional forums and 16 member universities. The forum facilitates researches to be undertaken by universities upon the recommendations of construction industry players. The forum encourages contractors and other stakeholders to adopt and implement modern construction industries.