GFMAM MAINTCON CONGRESS - DECEMBRE 2014
The eleventh face-to-face meeting of the Global Forum on Maintenance and Asset Management was held in Bahrain from 6 – 11 December 2014 in conjunction with the 3rd Middle East Maintenance Conference and Exhibition, Maintcon 2014, hosted by the Gulf Society of Maintenance Professionals (GSMP). Global Forum members were active in participating in the conference, contributing several presentations and to workshop sessions.
At the meeting a decision was taken to move the Annual General Meeting (AGM) to the first face to face meeting of the year to coincide with the financial year. This will expedite the approval of the financial statements. The next AGM will take place in May in South Africa.
The term of the current Executive Committee was extended for six months and the new Executive Committee will be elected in May. Tim Goshert indicated that he will no longer be available to serve on the AGM, so Richard Edwards was elected as Treasurer. The Committee now is:
We wish to thank Tim for his contribution in developing the Global Forum and its activities and wish him the best of luck with his future endeavours.
The AGM also decided to appoint PEMAC to manage the Global Forum finances for the next 10 years. This will make it a lot easier to manage the bank accounts as the signatories to transact would not have to be changed that often.
It was a busy week trying to cope with bustling activities around the 900 people strong conference while still focussing on GFMAM projects. Most of the effort was spent in consolidating the existing projects. However, new Byelaws were also adopted and the discussion around measuring maturity continued. Various Marketing subprojects are being developed in an effort to increase global awareness of the Forum. There were also a lot of discussions around the Maintenance framework, although the differing views on the approach to be followed are hampering progress.