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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Statement by 45th IFAWPCA President Mr. Mohamed Ali Janah, on Covid-19 Pandemic

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The rising situation on the raging Covid-19 pandemic has become an aggressive threat to humankind globally within a matter of few weeks. The malicious spread of this virus has killed thousands and forced multiple businesses to shut down, affecting lives and livelihoods of billions across the world. The economic momentum of the world has depreciated in trillions of dollars’ worth of loss and the colossal economic damage by this natural catastrophe is presumed to be one of the worst to hit humanity after the world wars. With the situation still evolving and billions in danger this situation has officially become an international crisis demanding for a multinational response.

This is the moment that we must put aside our personal matters and come together as a united global community, to support, to show kindness and compassion to our brothers and sisters bravely combating this disease on the frontlines, behind the scenes or at home. We, as an international body, must do our share and more in battling this pandemic and ensure the safety and well-being of our people. We must contribute to our best ability to build back the once again thriving society with improved economic resilience. We need to act now, quickly and responsibly.

We need to commit our best troops to collectively mitigate the damage caused to employees as a direct and indirect result of this calamity. We as leaders and employers in the construction industry contribute in numerous ways to a large percentage of the workforce and economies of our countries and the urgency for innovative solutions to mitigate these damages collectively with our respective governments and international bodies is at its climax.

In such dire times, I am writing to all of you as I am deeply and sincerely concerned on the impact this deadly virus has and will have on our members, as the forecast appears to become somber. On this note, I would like to assure all of you that in my capacity as the 45th President of IFAWPCA, I will continue providing my genuine support and advice to our beloved members to assist fully to overcome and arise from this difficult situation. It is my intention to write to the international financial agencies such as Asian Development Bank, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and more to convey the concerns of our federation. Hence, I would greatly appreciate your thoughts and recommendations to incorporate into my final report to share with respected international bodies and also so that you may continue to use the document as a supportive element in the admirable work you are doing as individual members.

In addition to this, there can be many ways I, and the federation could render our support, be it providing supportive documents from the federation for your requests to the respective governments/authorities, or simply sharing ways to raise awareness.

Therefore, please do not hesitate to come forward for any assistance and I assure you we will do our best to accommodate your request within our capacities and limits.

Wishing for your good health.

Thanking you.

Yours sincerely,

MOHAMED ALI JANAH

45th President – IFAWPCA