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Dear Sir,
We are about to enter into a subcontract for road construction with the main subcontractor from Europe. As you are aware subcontracts are all drawn up one-sidedly leaving not enough room for the subcontractor to take actions against the contractor. And the Subcontract we have been offered to sign seems to me as butchered contract from which important clauses for the benefit of the subcontractor are omitted. Thus my attention is what are the main clauses the Subcontractor shall draw its attention, I can say, subcontractor protecting clauses. Are there any FIDIC subcontracts we can utilize or look at? We are little experienced in this area.
Your help is appreciated.

Dear Adilbek

Thank you for your question.

I believe the firs thing to look at, is if your main contractr is willing to discuss any other form or not.

Yes, there is a FIDIC form of subcontracting agreement, but again, you need your counterpart to agree to use it.

Hope that answer your question.  

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