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Laws, policies key agendas in Surveyors’ board seminar

Laws, policies key agendas in Surveyors’ board seminar

ARCHITECTS and Quantity Surveyors Registration Board (AQSRB) has organised a two-day seminar to equip construction sector’s professionals on the changes of various policies and laws that have huge implications in the sector.

Briefing on the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Seminar in Mwanza, the Board’s Registrar, Arch Edwin Nnunduma said that it will bring together 150-250 professionals from the construction industry, graduates and students from higher learning institutions.

Mr Nnunduma said in Dar es Salaam yesterday that the two-day event to be graced by Mwanza Regional Commissioner Eng Robert Gabriel will focus on the “Emerging Issues in Taxation Law in the Construction Industry in Tanzania.”

 “Technology is changing very rapidly…for someone who graduated in 2010 or before cannot cope with 2020’s technology if she or he has not attended the training,” the registrar insisted. 

He said it was the Board's responsibility to train its stakeholders when there are changes of various policies and laws, including tax reforms, which have implications to the construction sector, the reason why AQSRB has prepared the seminar.

“We must know the legal implications to our industry to comply with them…the charges that architects have to pay after rendering services to their respective clients…stakeholders should be aware of them,” he said.

At the event which will take place from 2nd to 3rd of December this year, the seminar will also focus on the cost of providing services as well as practical experiences on taxes and charges in the industry.

The Board targets to inspect 2,600 construction projects countrywide in this financial year, the registrar added.

Reacting to scribes’ questions, the registrar said the existing gap in the industry is that the majority of Tanzanians do not seek architects’ advice when they are executing their projects adding: “some are incurring unnecessary cost as the consequences.” 

Architects and Quantity Surveyors Registration Board was established by the Architects and Quantity Surveyors (Registration) Act No 16 of 1997, which was repealed and replaced by Act No 4 of 2010.

The Board is responsible to register and regulate conduct of Architects, Quantity Surveyors, Interior Designers, Landscape Architects, Conservation Architects, Naval Architects, Furniture Architects, Building Surveyors and Construction Managers.

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