On May 25th and 26th, Fidic’s Board of Directors met in Livingstone, Zambia, where an agenda of important decisions for the organization took place.
José Joaquín Ortiz, president of Joyco, participated in his first meeting of the Board of Directors of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers, FIDIC, on May 25 and 26 of this year, held on the African continent.
Important issues were held during these two days. The first day was developed as a workshop in which relevant topics such as the drivers of the global market, the review of the progress to date of the 2020 – 2024 strategic plan, as well as the definition of a roadmap for the implementation of the strategic plan for the next four-year period, 2024 – 2028, were discussed. Catherine Karakatsanis, a Canadian, will assume the presidency of the organization at the General Assembly in Singapore in September 2023 and will lead the execution of this plan.
In the words of Ortiz, this meeting “was a very productive day of teamwork, in which we were able to strengthen teamwork, which allowed us to define the priorities for the work of the Board for the remainder of the year.”
During the second day of the meeting, the Nominating Committee’s proposals for the formation of the Contracts Committee, the Business Practices Leadership Committee, the International Financial Institutions Committee, and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Council were addressed and approved.
For its part, the Board took the opportunity to thank and recognize the valuable contributions of the outgoing members for their contributions to Fidic’s activities during their term of office and welcomed the new members and wished them great success during their term of office.
In addition, the Board also endorsed the Risk and Audit Committee’s recommendations on Fidic’s annual accounts for 2022 and proposals to reduce the organization’s risk exposure to current banking arrangements and the implementation of the appropriate operational process for Fidic’s new service office.
Finally, José Joaquín Ortiz stated that in addition to the previous topics, key aspects were discussed, “the potential impact of artificial intelligence and the geopolitical instability of the current international context, the drive towards net zero, as well as the decarbonization of the infrastructure sector and the work towards the fulfillment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which are focal points for Fidic’s activities in the coming years.”