Sri Lanka small builders in former war zone get German help

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May 22, 2012 (LBO) – Small construction contractors in former war zones in Sri Lanka’s East are being given technical help to win construction projects involving post-war rebuilding which they were losing earlier, a German aid agency said. They will be trained in contract management, bidding documents, preparation of bids and claims, quality assurance and safety at the worksite.

German Development Cooperation (GIZ) is working with the National Construction Association of Sri Lanka to train 22 builders in Amparai and Baticaloa districts, who were missing out on reconstruction projects.

“The main problem faced by the contractors is that their bid documents are constantly rejected due to lack of knowledge of contract management,” GIZ said in a statement.

“This environment has deprived local communities in reaping the peace dividend and benefits of investments within the region.”

With the end of a 30-year war there has been a surge in government and donor funded projects.

But contractors in the region, who are in the small and medium sector have been unable to win projects despite concessions being given to them because of lack of capacity, GIZ said.

A group 22 contractors in the ‘C4 to C8’ categories of Sri Lank