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South Asia’s biggest construction fair in Colombo next year

Construction Expo 2012 – International Exhibition and Symposium (CE2012), touted as one of the biggest and comprehensive exhibitions on construction in South Asia will be held in June next year at the BMICH, it was announced this week in Colombo. CE 2012 is organized by Ceylon Institute of Builders (CIOB) – the oldest body in construction industry in Sri Lanka together with Lanka Exhibition and Conference Services (Pvt) Ltd (LECS).

At the launch of the forthcoming event, Wimal Weerawansa, Minister of Constructions, Engineering Services, Housing and Common Amenities said that according to the Central Bank the construction industry is now contributing 9 % to the GDP and the growth next year would be 11 %.

CE 2012 will be the international gathering for the construction industry which enables the industry to showcase its products and services in all related spheres. Local and foreign products and technologies suppliers could explore the potential in the construction industry in the South Asian region where there would be latest technological advancements would be on display. The symposium would be a comprehensive session to educate the participants on all facets of the industry.

Mr Weerawansa continuing said that after a lapse due to the long drawn conflict that prevailed in Sri Lanka, the country is on a massive development strategy and in this strategy construction plays a dominant role. Thus this international exhibition and symposium would enhance the industry people and enable them to make a better contribution to development.

He said that by whatever way of explanation, the country’s economy which was showing negative trends is now switching to a better economic environment and all aspects of the economy is growing like in the case of the construction industry.

Dr Rohan Karunaratne, Chairman, CIOB said that this exhibition and symposium would be the most sought after for the industry in South Asia and noted that it would provide an opportunity to explore and expand Sri Lanka’s enormous potential in the construction industry and thus CE2012 would become a world-class standard showcasing the best of the industry under one roof.

Prof Ananda Jayawardene, President, Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka said that all this time the natural resources are being utilized but it is gradually dwindling and ultimately nothing would be left for future generations. Therefore he suggested a shift towards ‘Green Technology’ and bank on research based development.

Surath Wickramasinghe, President, Chamber of Construction Industries said that the topic of the symposium ‘Sustainable Technology for Developing Countries’ is very vital because now everything is ever changing. Several Ministers too attended the launch of CE2012.

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