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Sri Lanka construction industry eyes regional business
08 Sep, 2009 14:12:50
Sept 08, 2009 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s construction industry aims to export its skills to the region to overcome a slump in business in the home market by giving its annual construction fair an international flavour with overseas participants.
The Chamber of Construction Industry (CCI) said its Excon 2009 exhibition will be billed as an international event this year, both to draw foreign interest and promote exporting construction skills available in the island.

It will also highlight opportunities in the reconstruction of the northern and eastern regions where infrastructure has been battered by 30 years of war.

“The difference this time is that we want to make Excon 2009 a south Asian event,” Chamber of Construction Industry (CCI) president Surath Wickramasinghe told a news conference.

He said it is expected to draw the participation of Indian companies as stall holders in addition to a few enterprises from Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam.

Dakshitha Thalgodapitiya, chief executive of the CCI, said they expect about 40 overseas firms to take part as stall holders.

“The domestic construction industry is not doing so well. So a need has arisen to expose them to overseas companies, especially to get new technology.”

The CCI has been identified as the focal point for promotion of exports of construction skills.

“So we felt we need to bring down delegations from the Gulf region who are potential clients for our architects and contractors and other construction sector professionals.”

The fair will also highlight opportunities thrown up by the need to rebuild and construction new infrastructure in the north and east after the war ended in May with the defeat of Tamil Tigers by government forces.

“We want to expand Excon 2009 to link to the regions particularly the north and east,” Thalgodapitiya said.

“A key focus will be to meet emerging challenges in the north and east.

“The construction industry is an essential prerequisite for any rehabilitation and development work done by the government, especially north-east reconstruction and development after 30 years of war.”

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