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Chief secretary unveils infrastructure forum

Treasury secretary Danny Alexander yesterday announced the creation of a new National Infrastructure Plan Strategic Engagement Forum (NIPSEF) to help meet the UK’s infrastructure needs.

NIPSEF will be launched this autumn and will bring together government and key personal from the infrastructure delivery supply chain, asset owners, and regulators to develop the National Infrastructure Plan. It will be co-chaired by Alexander and Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) chief executive Nelson Ogunshakin.

The industry chair will rotate with the four members of the Infrastructure Alliance: the ICE, ACE, the Construction Products Association and the Civil Engineering Contractors Association, working closely with training body CITBConstructionSkills.

“Establishing the UK’s first ever National Infrastructure Plan was a victory in itself, but the challenge now lies in actually delivering it,” said ICE director general Nick Baveystock. “Providing potential investors with confidence that the plan is progressing, and quickly identifying and resolving problems will be central to achieving that, and ICE has long called for a permanent, independent forum to act as platform for this dialogue.”


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