One factor for the CRS’s success is the mandatory requirement for all government agencies to adhere to CRS requirements for the procurement of construction related services for public building projects. Keeping the CRS requirement transparent by making it readily available online and through readily available public publications also helps in creating an open and fair competition environment for procurement purpose. The CRS was so successful that the private sector developers make reference to the CRS for implementation of their residential and commercial building projects.
The success of CRS caught the wind of countries in Asia and the rest of the world. Foreign counterparts visiting BCA often requested for us to share information on the CRS. They wanted to know how CRS is being managed and whether it could be relevant or emulated in their government’s procurement system. BCA has conducted briefings on CRS to foreign counterparts from China (almost all the provinces), Brunei, Tanzania, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Qatar, S Korea, Vietnam, just to name a few. The Building Contractors’ Association Ltd, Hong Kong also wrote to us for information on contractor registration procedures and regulations in 1984.
In 1999, South Africa Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) approached BCA for technical assistance to establish their own Construction Registers Service (also named as CRS for short). BCA successfully helped South Africa's CIDB to set up their CRS in 2003.
In February 2004, BCA was invited to conduct a peer review of the South African's CRS. The two-day review included the S. Africa’s CRS IT infrastructure and registry operations. BCA was specifically requested to provide critical review and technical advice to enhance their system and maximise their potential usefulness to their clients and industry stakeholders. In addition, BCA also contributed ideas on how to improve procurement methods and manage pre and post-award contracts.
To fully complete its understanding and the operations of its own CRS, the South African CIDB sent representatives to observe BCA's contractors registry operations before their actual kick-off on 1 April 2004. Similar to the Contractors Registry in BCA, the South African's CRS registration requirements focuses on the three main areas, financial, technical personnel and track record.