Engineers Registration Board signs a Memorandum of Understanding with PPADB.

Registrar of ERB,Engineer Dennis Olaotse and PPADB Executive Chairperson Elijah Talampe Motshedi

Engineers Registration Board (ERB) on the 30th of October held a signing ceremony between themselves and the Public Procurement Disposal Board (PPADB) at Hilton Garden Inn .The Registrar Engineer Dennis Olaotse gave the opening remarks and welcomed the attendees to such a momentous occasion. In his statement he said that In ERBs pursuit to regulate the conduct and activities of engineers in Botswana, it had identified PPADB as a key stakeholder in monitoring compliance of the Engineering industry and that PPADB serves as a source of Information for awarded projects and contractors registration while ERB serves as a source of information to PPADB on the Engineering professionals registration.

“One of the Board’s strategic initiatives is to enhance our monitoring capability through development of a monitoring strategy and establishing strategic collaborations with key partners. Collaborations such as this one would go a long way in strengthening our stakeholderreach and therefore, our footprint,”he said.

He went on to explain that the reason they had identified the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Board as a key partner in such an  instance is that ERB has been embarking on site visits to construction projects awarded by PPADB.At these sites the ERB would challenges
due to non-availability of mutual relationship with the projects
awarding body in Botswana. These challenges are and not limited to  Information acquisition on key engineering professionals on and the tender requirements and winning bid’s key engineering personnel’s
proposal from procuring entities prior to site visitation for easy
identification of the engineering professionals proposed.

“This signing ceremony will now kick start the operationalisation of the
MoU and includes the following.
• To oversee and ensure that the main objectives of this MoU are
• To provide forums for interaction to discuss and advise on
relevant mutual processes and procedures consistent with the
execution of the individual board mandates.
This component of the MoU has been thoroughly interrogated
and agreed upon and acceptance to the above key elements cements
a start to our partnership. Worth noting is that the MoU on its own is
just a framework and it is my belief that relevant structures (the Joint
Working Committee in this case) will be set up to ensure that the MoU
is implemented.”

In his closing remark Engineer Olaotse committed that Engineers Registration Board will think of this signing not only in terms of what they will be able to achieve in terms of collaboration but in a much wider context of generally developing official systems to allow for sharing of information, engineering professional regulation and ERBs position in the development of Botswana.

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