The Dominica Business Forum will be hosting a two days Housing and Construction Symposium under the theme ‘Practical and Sustainable Solutions for the Challenges of Hurricane Maria; a Private Sector response’ on the 24th and 25th of January 2018.
President of the Dominica Business Forum, Severin McKenzie, at a press conference on Monday 15 January 2018, described the symposium as an important activity following the ravages of Hurricane Maria.
“It is in fact going to be an educational and informative activity where over a period of two days, the 24th, and 25th of January, where we are hoping to have a supermarket of information being given to the general public on aspects related to the reconstruction process particularly to home owners,” McKenzie explained.
He went on to note that the symposium will be held for two days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to the Windsor Park Sports Stadium.
The country he said was “decimated” by the category 5 hurricane and the housing sector was not spared.
“The substantial percentage of the housing stock have suffered significant damage firm the hurricane, as the affected seek to rebuild,” he said.
McKenzie added that the priority of the symposium is to dispense information to the public both locally and overseas in the rebuilding process.
“The primary objective of the housing and Construction symposium is to allow the various stakeholders in the housing and construction industry to share information with the public on resuscitating the housing and construction industry through practical ways, becoming more knowledgeable about the insurance sector, understanding our building codes materials and systems, identifying vulnerable areas on the island for building, returning home owners to their homes comfortably, and involving the Dominican diaspora in the reconstruction process,” he said.