Global Construction leaders to gather in Dublin for CIF Conference

Leading figures from across the global construction industry will gather in Croke Park on October 2nd 2018 for the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) annual conference.

This year’s conference will focus on Constructing Ireland 2040 and how the industry will shape communities, careers and competitiveness over the next 25 years and beyond.  Amongst invited speakers are President Higgins who will open the conference and Minister Murphy who will launch the second half of the day.

CIF Director General, Tom Parlon said: 

The Irish construction industry will be central to delivering the vision of Project Ireland 2040. This is a once in a century opportunity to shape Ireland’s communities, cities and society for future generations.  However, the industry is facing barriers to delivering the huge backlog of essential housing and infrastructure. Issues such as skills capacity, a lack of viable finance, low productivity, can all work against the efficient delivery of construction.  Increasingly, blockages within the state apparatus in areas such as procurement, planning, waste and utilities are impacting on delivery, and left unresolved today can undermined our future vision of Ireland.

We must work together to find solutions and remedy any obstacles to the industry’s ability to deliver in the medium and long-term.  The Irish construction industry is now a very diverse, modern sector, our members are constantly innovating and improving their businesses and services. Digital technology is being employed to a much greater extent and is set to cause massive change in the sector over the next decade, while at the same time traditional business models are being disrupted. The industry has had to learn to adapt in order to thrive and so future leaders in the industry need to be ready to deal with the turbulent and disruptive nature of innovation.

As the voice of the Irish construction industry, the CIF’s annual conference is our flagship event attracting more than 500 delegates – members and non-members alike – from the entire range of industry stakeholders who operate both nationally and internationally. It is a wonderful event that brings the industry together to learn and develop from each other. The construction industry is an ecosystem and there is something for everyone at our annual conference, it is a wonderful opportunity to learn, to grow your business and to network with others you may not come across in your average working week.”

The CIF Annual Conference will take place on Tuesday October 2nd in Croke Park.

Speakers will include: 3D construction printing expert and founder of 3D Printhuset A/S, Henrik Lund-Nielsen, Sandi Rhys Jones OBE, and Robert Watt, Secretary General of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in Ireland.

For more information see: www.cifconference.ie

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