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WFBSC Congress 2016 to consider our industry's enrichment of people's lives
Themed 'Weaving culture... building maintenance and cleaning that create rich life', the 21st World Congress of the World Federation of Building Service Contractors will be held in Tokyo from 4th to 7th April 2016 , writes our good friend Alan Hardcastle, of the Australian-based Inclean magazine (www.incleanmag.com.au).
Hosted by the Japan Building Maintenance Association, the Congress will be held at Tokyo's largest convention and performing arts centre, Tokyo International Forum, in the city centre.
Equipped with eight halls and 34 conference rooms of various sizes, including a theatre with 5,012 seats and an exhibition hall of 5,000msq.m, the Forum is a most impressive facility.
In considering the Congress's theme, JBMA poses the questions: 'What is the operational objective of the building maintenance industry? Is it not the enrichment of people's lives?'
The Association believes it should be regarded as an industry that provides a sense of happiness and satisfaction.
"The contents of happiness and satisfaction are expressed by keywords such as 'safety', 'sense of security', 'comfort', 'sanitary', 'cleanness', 'aesthetic', 'convenience' etc.," notes the JBMA.
"Culture that is 'rich life' is woven by various services of the building maintenance industry that are expressed by these words."
The initial programme comprises:
10:00 Opening of the trade show
13:30 - 14:00 Opening ceremony
14:00 - 17:00 Keynote speech
18:00 - Welcoming reception
10:00 - 12:00 Business session A-1
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch
13:00 - 15:00 Building cleaning skills competition
15:30 - 17:30 Business session A-2
17:00 Closing of the trade show
18:30 - 21:00 Reception
10:00 - 12:00 Business session A-3
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 15:30 Business session A-4
15:30 - 16:00 Closing session
18:00 - 22:00 Gala dinner
7th April Excursion (Optional)
The programme may be modified nearer to the event.
7th August 2014