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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 108

UNIDO National Cleaner Production celebrates five year stay

By Quintus Perera - ASian Tribune

Colombo, 20 October, (Asiantribune.com): The National Cleaner Production Centre established five years ago has assisted over 200 industries in Sri Lanka to reduce their waste of raw material, water and energy which improved the productivity, profitability and enhance environmental performance, said V R Sena Peiris, Director, NCPC at a Press Conference last week at Hotel Galadari, held to announce the NCPC Awards Ceremony and Roundtable conference scheduled to be held on 5th and 6th November at the BMICH.

Kumara Welgama, Minister of Industrial Development presided the Press Conference. Peiris said that NCPC is a project under UNIDO Integrated Industrial Development Support Programme and is funded by the Norwegian Government.

The aims and objectives of the Cleaner Production is to create awareness of CP; provide consultancy and advisory services; provide training and capacity building; information dissemination on CP; investment and financing and to impart CP policy advice.

He said that UNIDO has 38 similar centres set up around the world and Sri Lanka is the 23rd member and NCPC has trained over 2,000 personnel in the country on improving the profits while improving the environmental performance of industries.

Minister Welgama said that his ministry gives a helping hand for the development of local industry some of which were earlier in the hands of foreigners. He said that the industry in the village there is a big change and they have offered tax concessions and other facilities in promoting local industrialists.

He said that now when industries are started in the rural Sri Lanka they not only provide infrastructure facilities but also provide assistance to construction 5 to 10,000 sq ft of buildings. They are now taking steps to start an industry in every Pradeshiya Sabha Area except in the Colombo and Gampaha districts.

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