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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2674

Chamber of Construction Industry of Sri Lanka on Ocean resources

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Colombo, 06 June, ( Chamber of Construction Industry Sri Lanka organizes seminar on ocean resources to educate local contractors and related industrialists. The CEO of the Chamber, Dakshitha Talgodapitiya says the chamber has recognized vast potential for exploitation of Ocean resources and the need to ensure its optimum utilization particularly at a time Sri Lanka is going through an economic crisis.

"We do acknowledge the initiatives launched by the Government of Sri Lanka towards exploitation of offshore oil and gas. There are many and more investment and business opportunities for mining of mineral deposits. We note with a degree of satisfaction the unparalleled port development activities undertaken by the Government. CCI has been in the forefront of advocating offshore sand as an alternative to river sand for construction purposes but reiterate its stand that procurement process must be in line with good governance. Chambers concern is also focused on pollution of the marine environment and disposal of waste in particular, he explained.

Having taken a broad over view of the marine environment and ocean resources, the Chamber has succeeded in bringing together some of the most knowledgeable and internationally respected resource persons to a common forum by hosting a seminar on
Management of Ocean Resources which will take place on 24th June 2008 at Hotel Galadari.

At this seminar a number of topics on ocean resources and the contraction industry would be discussed .It includes Sri Lanka’s Ocean Territory and its Potential, The Exploitation of Sri Lanka’s Offshore Oil and Gas Resources - Potential and Opportunities.

Prevention of Marine Pollution, Offshore Development and Ensuring Coastal Stability ,Offshore Mineral Resources, Managing Sri Lanka’s Offshore Resources – the need to develop HR Capacity and Sri Lanka’s Coastal Zone Management .A number of local and international experts will present these presentations, he said.

Technical sessions will be chaired by Dr. Ranjith Galappatti, Chairman of Lanka Hydraulics Institute, Senior Specialist in Coastal & River Hydraulics with Senior Hydrographer Mr. H.M.J. Wickramaratne to introduce the subject.

This seminar is designed to enlighten not only those who are engaged in marine and construction sectors but also investors and entrepreneurs on the magnitude and scope of offshore resources for exploitation. This forum will also deliberate on the need to strengthen the policy framework and institutional infrastructure which is an essential pre-condition.

- Asian Tribune -

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