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CEO’s Update – Coronavirus Weekly Issue 4

Issue 4: Friday 17 April 2020
Dear colleagues

Welcome to the fourth issue of the FIDIC Covid-19 Update, our weekly update to keep FIDIC member associations, consulting engineering business leaders and wider stakeholders updated on FIDIC’s latest actions in addressing the challenges associated with the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Introduction

The world continues to be gripped by the coronavirus pandemic. Country-wide lockdowns are still the order of the day, with a majority of populations working from home or on ‘furlough’ or special arrangements or leave from their employment. Different nations around the world are at different stages in their Covid-19 journey though we are starting to see encouraging signs as some countries, including Switzerland where FIDIC has its offices, signal their intention to relax some of their lockdown rules as soon as mid-May. However, it is clear that restrictions on movement will be with us for a number of weeks yet and there is no sign that the construction and infrastructure industry is going to be returning to anything approaching normality for some time.

The biggest question around the world is when would be appropriate to lift the lockdown and implement an appropriate exit strategy in order to secure and revive the national and global economy without compromising public health. Reduction in the rate of spread and the development of an appropriate vaccination seems to be the solution and this will call for global cooperation between governments to avoid return of the virus in the months ahead.

Clearly, the current ongoing situation is posing some significant challenges for consulting firms, member associations and FIDIC as much as it is for the industry. As reported previously, all our staff, the board and committees are working remotely. This is proceeding well, and we are certainly learning lessons for our future work from the experience of greater remote working. I’m sure that the entire industry will be learning similar lessons and this will prepare firms for the new world that we will all inhabit when we finally emerge from the Covid-19 crisis.

Our industry will certainly not be the same when all this is over and it’s clear from the discussions I have had with stakeholders that they expect to be doing things differently in the future. Given the very concerning forecasts about the world economy that have been reported in the media in recent days, it’s also clear that our industry will need to be advocating the case more strongly than ever for investment in both social and economic infrastructure to give the global economy the best chance of recovering from the effects of this pandemic.

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