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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 111

Sri Lanka Legislators and industry people hail appointment of Construction Services Minister

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 15 March, ( of Parliament and top people connected to the construction industry have shown their pleasure on appointment of Sri Lanka’s first Construction Minister by the President Mahindha Rajapakshe and said it is an important decision to improve the local construction industry and boost employments.

Addressing the launching ceremony of the Excon 2007 exhibition held on Tuesday in Colombo Minister Prof; G.L.Peiris said Sri Lanka needs a construction and Engineering services minister to develop the sector and bring new comers into the industry.

He said the local key organization on construction activities, the Chamber of Construction Industry Sri Lanka [ CCI ] has already completed voluntary mission to train craftsmen, skilled workers , issue technical guidance for the SMEs and solve grievances of the contractors and related sectors.

He said arrangements have been finalized to help local SMEs who provide industry related services and the CCI and the SME bank would help them to obtain loans.

Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, Newly appointed Construction and Engineering Services Minister said he wants to serve the industry and also looking for possibilities to prepare a National Policy on Construction sector.

President of the CCI, Desabandu Surath Wickramasingha said the Excon 2007, an exhibition which assists to accrue substantial benefits to the domestic construction industry.

He said the “Excon 2007” has been designed to promote linkages among all stakeholders to facilitate enhancement of capacities and competitiveness of the domestic construction industry.

Chamber initiatives in the recent past have been targeted to eliminate industry growth impediments. CCI has taken a lead role in the training of craftsmen and the development of small and medium enterprises in the construction industry in addition to facilitating public private partnerships in infrastructure development and construction related projects. In that context prominent presence at this Trade Fair will undoubtedly enhance participants’ visibility to all sectors of the construction industry while promoting their products and services to the targeted market.

The Chamber of Construction Industry Sri Lanka will host “Excon 2007” during the period 11th to 13th May 2007 at Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall and Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition Hall.

Speaking to the media CEO of the CCI Dakshitha Talgodapitiya said that CCI expects over 250 participants as trade stallholders - presence of all principal stakeholders and prominent suppliers of construction inputs in addition to substantial participation from the SME sector of the industry.

He said the trade fair will be held on a daily basis with the participation of a key cabinet ministers relating to the construction industry and infrastructure sector.

During the trade fair a number of concurrent events such as seminars, workshops and cocktail receptions are being planned providing opportunities for interaction among participants / stakeholders.

- Asian Tribune -

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