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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2426

Chamber to debate on the "Importance of Transport Infrastructure for National Development"

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

Colombo, 16 August, (Asiantribune.com): With the Government of Sri Lanka being faced with the challenge of maintaining surface transport infrastructure networks adding new capacities in strategic areas warranting very large investment, alternative models characterized by increasing use of private sector resources including expertise are required.

The need for legislative enactments and institutional framework as well as administrative procedures for creation of a conducive environment for Public Private Partnerships are areas that should be addressed.

Partnerships and networking are at the centre of infrastructure development and delivery of public utilities around the world. They are fundamental to the commissioning and delivery of public services, developing and maintaining public infrastructure and giving leadership to local communities.

Bringing together public sector agencies, businesses and third sector organizations, partnerships represent a major reconfiguration of the organization of the public domain.

The seminar on the "Importance of Transport Infrastructure for National Development" which will be held on 26th August 2008 is an initiative aimed at catalyzing vigorous research and a challenging debate on transport infrastructure and its impact on national development.

By bringing together those who create policy, the bureaucrats, the specialists, academics and professionals, the Chamber is providing an effective forum to facilitate consultation and participatory governance in infrastructure development.
Our continuous focus on conducting seminars and symposiums on subjects of national importance is aimed at contributing to better public service partnering and influencing the wider public policy.

Minister of Enterprise Development and Investment promotion. Dr. Sarath Amunugama will inaugurate the seminar as chief guest, while Mr. Richard Vokes, Country Director of the Asian Development Bank would also participate.

Ms. Lisa Weidner, Senior Transport Specialist, ADB will speak on Private Investment in Infrastructure development using PPP and other mechanism while Professor Amal Kumarage - University of Moratuwa and former Chairman of the National Transport Commission, Mr. Saliya Wickramasuriya - Chairman Sri Lanka Ports Authority, Mr. Don Wooton - Regional Director Scott Wilson Ltd., Engineer M B S Fernando - Chairman Road Development Authority, Mr. Dayanthe Athulathmudali - Director Dubai World Centre - a Government of Dubai owned enterprise engaged in building of a new mega airport at Jebel Ali and Mr. P P Wijesekara - Additional General Manager (Technical) Sri Lanka Railways are slated to make presentations.

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