The Botswana Institution of Engineers (BIE), is a professional institution consisting of engineers from all engineering disciplines. It was formed in 1983 by a group of engineers concerned about the development, practice and status of engineering in the country, particularly with regard to the importance of its contribution in national development.
It was previously known as the Botswana Engineers Society but was changed in 1995 to Botswana Institution of Engineers, following a major review of its constitution. The BIE is a rapidly growing institution and has great potential. One of the greatest achievements of the institution has been the Engineers Registration Act (ERA) enacted by parliament. In December 2008, the amended ERA was approved by Parliament – a move that would ensure full regulation of the engineering profession and require every practicing Engineer in Botswana to register with Engineers Registration Board (ERB). The Registration Act would be implemented by the ERB which would initially be funded by The Botswana Government, until such time that ERB is self-sustaining.
The administrative and operational structures of ERB were being established with the support of the Ministry of Infrastructure, Science and Technology. At long last, the long-awaited era of engineering regulation has arrived, and the BIE urges all engineers to immediately register with the ERB.
The institution has established a Memorandum of Understanding with the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE). It is also a member of the Commonwealth Engineers’ Council, Southern African Federation of Engineering Organisation (SAFEO) and the Botswana National Construction Industry Council. The institution also maintains close collaboration with a number of institutions or organizations involved in engineering in Botswana and the region.
These include the University of Botswana, Association of Consulting Engineers Botswana, Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Board (PPADB), Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) and the Association of Building Contractors. The institution continues to seek relations with other international institutions. Regional institutions include Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania and Malawi institutions of engineers as well as various discipline-based institutions in South Africa.
Our main objectives include:
- To ensure high standards of qualification, training, professional conduct and ethics among members of the Institution.
- To establish and manage a Register of members
- To promote the general advancement of engineering and its allied sciences, to encourage research and timely utilisation of results for the benefit of the Community in the different branches of engineering and its allied sciences.
- To raise the character and status of the profession of engineering and its allied sciences, to promote honourable practice and to increase and promote the confidence of the community in those persons practising and teaching the profession of engineering and its allied sciences.
- To ascertain and publish the views of the engineering profession on matters of public importance which lie within its competence
- To facilitate the exchange of information and ideas relating to or concerning engineering science and practice by holding meetings of the Institution for reading papers and discussing matters bearing upon engineering, or the application thereof, or upon subjects relating thereto.
- To maintain a library of books, journals and periodicals relating to the engineering and its allied sciences and to encourage the publication of books, periodicals and papers.
- To make awards for achievements of special merit in engineering and its allied sciences.
- To co-operate as may seem conducive to any of these objects, with national and international organisations and to supplement their work.
- To do such other lawful things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of the above objects.