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Annual General Meeting 2015: Council Elections Outcome

The Chamber of Engineers Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Council Elections were held on 27th February 2015 at the Professional Centre, Gzira. As advised in previous communications with members, the Chamber received only four nominations for five vacant positions. Thus, the nominees were uncontested and automatically elected, without the usual voting process. The formal election of each nominee took place during the AGM.

The Council composition for 2015/16 can be found here.


President’s Address

Strategic Objectives for 2014

In his address, President Ing. Norman Zammit highlighted the strategic objectives for 2014, as well as the work carried out throughout the year on these objectives.

Ing. Zammit referred to the setting up of a sub-committee to review the Statute. The sub-committee completed its work and proposed amendments were carried out through an Extraordinary General Meeting held in July 2014.

An Ethics and Disciplinary Committee was also set up, in order to monitor the ethical behaviour within the profession, uphold the Code of Ethics, assist and give advice to members of the Chamber on problems encountered in the Industry or Society, as well as recommending to Council to take disciplinary action as necessary against any member of the Chamber.

The President also referred to professional development of engineers, which was considered as a medium term strategy. The Federation of Professional Associations has compiled a framework recommended for the continuous professional development of professionals. This framework is to be adopted by the individual organisations such that each professional organisation would have the CPD framework in place by the beginning of 2016.

In 2014, the Chamber also discussed engineering degrees issued by MCAST and other Institutions. This review process is to be extended to all institutions including University to ensure a level playing field for all engineering degrees issued by any institution.

Ing. Zammit mentioned the Chamber’s approach towards relevant Authorities and hence the contribution of Engineers in society, another medium term objective. He explained that the Council plans to work to increase the presence of Engineers in relevant Authorities and the requirements to have Engineers in key roles within society as the guarantor of quality and integrity. The Chamber shall approach Government on all levels to promote this concept further and present a proposal on how to better Governance in Engineers’ areas of competence or where the role of the Engineer could enhance the provision of services or products.

Strategic Objectives 2015

During his address, the President also referred to the strategic objectives being put forward for the new Council.

Ing. Zammit explained that that the Ethics and Disciplinary Committee would continue to review the Code of Ethics, also through feedback received from warrant holders via the questionnaire launched by the Chamber. The Chamber would also keep following the issue of new degrees in engineering fields with the Engineering Boards, in order to push for a resolution in 2015.

Regarding the professional development of engineers, the President stated that the Chamber would be issuing a white paper in relation to the implementation and promotion of Continual Professional Development in the engineering profession, in line with the initial guidance document issued by the Federation of Professional Associations. This white paper will set up the framework to be implemented by the Chamber as regards CPD for its members.

The Council will also continue to work to increase the presence of Engineers in relevant Authorities and the requirements to have Engineers in key roles within Society.

The full presentation given by the President can be found here.

Motions and Amendments to Statute

During the AGM, two motions were received for changes in the Statute. The first motion was proposed by Prof. Brian Azzopardi seconded by Dr. Ing. Alex Rizzo and Ing. Charles Cuschieri, and passed.

The second motion was proposed by Ing. Norman Zammit and seconded by Dr. Ing. Daniel Micallef. In this case, attendees objected to this motion.

Ing. Zammit offered three options; shelving the proposal altogether, co-opting a delegate by the Council, or including a clause in the Statute where the International Secretary would be a requirement on a permanent basis.

It was agreed that the countermotion would be discussed at Council level and communicated to members via an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) to be held during the next Council term.

Ing. Zammit also remarked that according to the new Statute, a legal advisor should have been appointed. He proposed that this too should be decided at the EGM. This was also accepted by the AGM.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 March 2015 08:16