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ASAQS granted Associate Membership status at recent PAQS Board Meeting

Tuesday, 11 December 2018  
Posted by: Bert vd Heever
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10th December 2018

Dear ASAQS Members,

The Executive Director, along with other senior staff members recently attended the Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS) Board meeting in Sydney, Australia. The PAQS is an international association whose board members are representatives from fully-fledged Quantity Surveying associations that fall within the Asia Pacific area or border the Pacific Ocean.

PAQS Board meeting
During the run-up to this aforementioned board meeting it was highlighted that South Africa has attended the PAQS Board meetings since its inception 22 years ago – albeit with the status of “non-voting Observer Organisation”. This is due to South Africa not being a country that falls within the Asia Pacific Area or shares a border with the Pacific Ocean – a PAQS constitutional requirement.

Historically, South Africa has continuously maintained its ardent support for the PAQS since its inception in the early 1990’s. South Africa has also regularly contributed to the many and varied technical committees of the PAQS over the last 22 years. Our association has always understood the strategic and academic significance of maintaining strong ties with the 14 countries whose associations compose the PAQS Board.

Significantly, over the last few years, and through the ASAQS’s active participation on this forum, our association has signed Memorandums of Understanding Agreements (MOU’s) with Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Canada.

Associate Member status
In the lead up to the recent board meeting in Australia, the ASAQS was informed that there was a strong feeling emerging among the PAQS member countries that South Africa should not be held in the same category as other Observer Countries. There was a strong feeling that South Africa have proved themselves as a sincere supporter of the PAQS evidenced through our proud participation on numerous projects and committees over the intervening years.

However, in order to “promote” South Africa from our countries Observer status at the board, the constitution of the PAQS would have to be reworded to make a provision for this exception.

It was with this in mind, that the idea was included as a formal agenda item at the PAQS Board meeting on the 17th November in Sydney Australia. During this meeting the 14 member countries voted to change the constitution of the PAQS to allow South Africa Associate Member status of the PAQS. While an Associate member category carries no voting rights, the change in membership status will allow the ASAQS to be appointed to any of the PAQS working committees and have all rights to PAQS research and documents.

The ASAQS is deeply honoured to be recognised and accepted as the PAQS’s first and only Associate Member. It goes without saying that the recognition of the ASAQS as a PAQS Associate Member elevates the status of all South African QS’s among an internationally recognised group of professionals.

PAQS and ASAQS collaboration
Our continued collaboration with the member countries of the PAQS will ensure the ASAQS is able to provide its membership with the most relevant and up to date information and insights into global trends, new technologies, methodologies and international best practice that will ensure that our local QS’s will remain relevant on a global scale.

The ASAQS will continue to cooperate with strategic partners outside of South Africa’s borders to ensure that our members and our profession will have a strong voice and continue to be considered as a key player in global QS profession discussions - despite the geographical remoteness of South Africa.

It is indeed a proud moment for the ASAQS in the development and recognition of our profession on a global level.

Sincerely,

Larry Feinberg
Executive Director - ASAQS
Association of South African Quantity Surveyors
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