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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2829

Promotion of Export of Construction Related Professional services and contracting capacities

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Colombo, 27 November, ( Chairman of the Chamber of Construction Industry Deshabandu Surath Wickramasingha said the Chamber of Construction Industry facilitated the first trade mission ever undertaken to promote export of construction related professional services and contracting capacities to the international construction market.

This mission comprised of 23 companies amounting to 33 delegates representing professionals of Architecture, Quantity Surveying and Civil Engineering in addition to Construction Contractors, Specialist contractors such as MEP and Piling, Manufacturers of high quality construction material, conforming to international standards – Dura Boards and Orange Branded products, and Specialist Software Developers was led by Minister of Export Development and International Trade Prof. G.L. Peiris and Minister of Construction and Engineering Services Rajitha Senaratne visited the State of Qatar during the period 2nd November to 5th November 2007.

Speaking to media on Monday, he said during this short tour to Doha every member of Sri Lankan Mission succeeded in the acquisition of business leads. In order to convert such business leads to confirmed orders CCI will establish a liaison office for the purpose of providing professional services and guidance as regards issue of commercial licenses, business registrations, facilitation of Visas and for compliance with statutory requirements.

CCI has entered into a memorandum of understanding with Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry. CCI has already retained the services of a leading International Firm of Accountants for provision of professional advice on taxation and other legal requirements.

In order to meet the demands of an international market place, CCI is facilitating ISO accreditation for construction service providers and construction contractors, having already conducted a workshop for this purpose.

CCI will also intervene with Government Agencies such as Central Bank, Inland Revenue Department, Department of Customs, Foreign Employment Bureau, and financial institutions to eliminate impediments and barriers for export of construction related services.

CCI also collaborated with the Sri Lanka Export Development Board and trade consulate in Dubai for promotion of exports of construction related services to Dubai during the period 5th to 7th November 2007 by extending the trade mission to the Emirate of Dubai.

On account of the success recorded in the State of Qatar, CCI plans to take a second trade mission during January / February 2008 to the State of Qatar.

With the fullest support and endorsement of the Ministry of Export Development and International Trade and the Ministry of Construction and Engineering Services CCI is targeting Kingdom of Bahrain, Sultanate of Oman, Iran, and Vietnam as export destinations for the Sri Lankan Construction Industry.

This initiative of the Chamber will not only enhance foreign exchange revenue generation but will also enhance competitiveness of the domestic construction industry. We will also see Sri Lanka being treated as a provider of value added services and not only as a source of labor supply.

In order to meet the growing demand for Construction Craftsmen and Middle Level Technicians arising from these new export market opportunities, CCI will expand its construction craftsmen training facilities and has also commenced training of Middle Level Technicians in association with City and Guilds International.

- Asian Tribune -

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