In 2004 in order to achieve engineering excellence and create a better quality of life for all in Africa, the signatories to this protocol agree to affiliate themselves with the African Engineers Forum to promote the following principles, philosophies, activities, programmes, initiatives and elements which represent a collection of prerequisites for sustainable engineering as a prerequisite for sustainable development:

  • Develop and uphold the SAFEO concepts about Sustainable Development
  • Communicate at a technical level amongst all engineering professionals, resident within and outside Africa
  • Develop and implement alliance and integration models for SAFEO interaction and networking with other continental and international engineering and other built environment organisations
  • Promote and accept internationally accepted norms in terms of conduct, integrity, ethics, engineering standards and care for our people and our environment
  • Develop and maintain acceptable and appropriate frameworks to accredit and recognise educational qualifications and professional standards to facilitate reciprocity and equity
  • Encourage and facilitate ongoing learning and professional development for engineering professionals
  • Set up and maintain an Africa electronic database for technical information linked to the websites of the SAFEO signatories and other partners of strategic importance and relevance
  • Exchange information and sharing of experiences regarding engineering practice
  • Disseminate relevant published technical papers, articles and editorials
  • Exchange and provide access to technical journals and magazines for reference purposes
  • Arrange professional and technical networking opportunities and events within the influence sphere of participating organisations in cooperation with the other participants in SAFEO and make use of the potential contribution and assistance of the African diaspora engineers
  • Set up, maintain and manage an events database concerning annual programmes of events, including those relating to continuous professional development, for the purpose of forward planning and coordination
  • Communicate, accept and implement best practice in terms of desirable and appropriate local and internationally recognised engineering standards, processes, procedures, methods or systems in relation to the delivery processes and the life cycle of products and assets
  • Facilitate the harmonisation of standards, documentation, methods and procedures as appropriate
  • Promote the use of procurement as an instrument for development and capacity building
  • Promote and facilitate entry to and equality for all demographic and gender groups in the engineering profession
  • Provide a platform for influential African engineering professionals who can influence best policy practices by all levels of decision making in government and private sector
  • Facilitate and promote networking amongst African tertiary educational institutions involved in engineering related education.
  • Facilitate and promote appropriate education and training for engineering professionals dealing with the challenges of rural development.
  • Facilitate and offer public awareness programmes in order to enhance the visibility and recognition of the role of the engineering profession in African civil society.
  • Promote and support pertinent science and technology policy including the extension of research and development initiatives by Governments in Africa.
  • Develop and offer capacity building programmes in order to develop a pool of knowledgeable decision-makers, clients and users of engineering infrastructure and services.
  • Invite and facilitate government and private sector participation in engineering practice and related matters.
  • Develop, promote, facilitate and lobby for the acceptance of best practice policies relating to foreign investment and donor involvement and influence in Africa
  • Promote appropriate curricula at schools to prepare and enable learners to enter into the field of engineering.
  • Develop and provide outreach and career guidance programmes for all school learners.
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