Posted on September 18, 2017

ASTAD marked a strategic step towards cooperation with the Kuwaiti public sector by accepting an official invitation to be the platinum sponsor for ENCON1, a major consultancy event for government projects held in Kuwait.

The event was inaugurated by the Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs and acting Minister of Information, His Excellency Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah, representing the Prime Minister of the State of Kuwait, His Highness Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah. The event is being held by the Federation Engineering Offices, the Central Agency for Public Tenders and the General Secretariat of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development in Kuwait. During the three-day event that is being held from the 17th to the 19th of September 2017, ASTAD Chief Executive Officer, Engineer Ali Al-Khalifa delivered a key note speech at the opening ceremony, sharing updates on construction in the region and discussing ASTAD’s major contribution towards the Qatar National Vision 2030.

During his speech, Eng. Al-Khalifa said: “As a Qatari leading project and asset management firm, it is our responsibility to ensure the successful delivery of building and infrastructure projects in Qatar ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup and the Qatar National Vision 2030. We believe the experience, knowledge, and excellence that we have built in Qatar over the years will prove to be beneficial to our clients in Kuwait and the wider region.” Assured that the forum will open new horizons for cooperation between ASTAD and Kuwait, Eng. Al-Khalifa explained that the ENCON1 Forum was the perfect platform for ASTAD to open the door for potential Kuwaiti business relationships as ASTAD expands into new markets.

Eng. Al Khalifa added: “ASTAD’s strategic steps towards building partnerships in Kuwait began earlier this year when we initiated a tender for consultancy services on projects at the Kuwait International Airport along with The Associated Engineering Partnership Office. We have also held several meetings in Kuwait with government officials with plans to sign MOU’s to participate in the successful completion of the Kuwait National Development Plan ‘New Kuwait 2035’. ASTAD utilized the forum’s exhibition to showcase their portfolio of projects in a booth, inviting potential Kuwaiti counterparts to discuss potential partnerships and collaborations. Some of the projects included the National Museum of Qatar, Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiya Arena; Lusail Sports Arena, Qatar Foundation Stadium; Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies, Qatar Science & Technology Park, Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Doha Metro and Education City Buildings and Infrastructure.

ENCON1 placed a focus on the various processes that govern the delivery of consulting services for development projects in the State of Kuwait and provided the opportunity to improve the quality of these services while strengthening partnerships between Kuwait’s public and private sectors.