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ICE offers export strategy

CONSTRUCTION MINISTER Nick Raynsford welcomed the final report of the ICE-led project Technology for Civil Engineering Exports on Tuesday but warned: 'I don't agree with everything in it.'

The report says that:

British construction must compete by exploiting its intellectual and technological strengths;

More resources should be focused on developing and applying the results of research;

The civils industry must embrace environment and sustainability;

New industry-government partnerships are needed for centres of excellence;

Technology must be demonstrated and proven in high profile projects;

Design and construction must be integrated, and adapted to local circumstances;

Projects must deliver good whole-life value;

Government needs to give practical help in international project financing;

Government and industry should encourage other countries to adopt British civil engineering codes to help give British firms a competitive advantage;

Education of overseas students should be encouraged as a way of promoting future export business.

'I was slightly surprised to see that a new government-industry partnership is needed,' said Raynsford. 'If there are any worries about how we are co-operating at the moment, let us know.' Earlier Raynsford had remarked that 'partnership is a generally overused and much maligned word these days.'

The report was funded 50/50 by industry and the Department of the Environment Transport and the Regions.

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