27 Sep. - 29 Sep. 2018

Mwalimu Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

About Dar Construction Expo

The construction industry is a sector of the economy that transforms various resources into constructed physical economic and social infrastructure necessary for socio-economic development. It embraces the process by which the said physical infrastructure are planned, designed, procured, constructed or produced, altered, repaired, maintained and demolished. The constructed infrastructure include:

  • Buildings
  • Transportation systems and facilities which are airports, harbors, highways, bridges, railroads, transit systems, pipelines and transmission and power lines
  • Structures for fluid containment, control and distribution such as water treatment and distribution, sewage collection and treatment distribution systems, sedimentation lagoons, dams, and irrigation and canal systems.
  • Underground structures, such as tunnels and mines
The industry comprises of organizations and persons who include companies, firms and individuals working as consultants, main contractors and sub-contractors, material and component producers, plant and equipment suppliers, builders and merchants. The industry has a close relationship with clients and financiers. The government is involved in the industry as purchaser (client), financier, regulator and operator. In developed countries and countries with economies in transition, other than the least developed countries, their local construction industries have the lions share in market opportunities.

However, for least developed countries, the construction industries are dominated by Foreign Service providers to the tune of at least 65% in terms of money value of market share. For example, in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) region, and with the exception of South Africa, local contractors and consultants have approximately 30% market share in the region; Malawi (23%), Swaziland (35%), Tanzania (20%), South Africa (85%).

In Tanzania foreign contractors and consultants account for about 80% of the market share. Since the construction industry is a fundamental economic activity which permeates most of the sectors of the economy it has a major role to play in achieving social economic development objectives of any country; local firms and professionals should be fully involved in the process. The sector has indirect impact on the growth or stagnation of the overall economy. Furthermore, the development of a strong construction industry should be supported by sectoral and macro-economic policies geared towards stimulating growth and competitive position of the local actors.