The CCI holds its 18th Annual General Meeting & appoints new President
The 18th Annual General Meeting of the Chamber of Construction Industry of Sri Lanka was held on the 02nd August 2022 at the Cinnamon Lakeside, Colombo with full Committee attendance & membership representation.
The Secretary General Col. (Retd) Nissanka N. Wijeratne observed that inspite of a turbulent year (2021) & downturn of economy the Chamber has done well enough to record a modest surplus in the year under review : financially. He noted some highlights especially about acquiring a land for a permanent Secretariat for the Chamber & also subsequent to the incorporation of the Chamber by Act of Parliament in 2019 the “Rules of Management” were gazzeted on the 17th of March 2021.
During this period the Chamber was able to intervene with the government to facilitate all contracts over 3 months to be granted price escalations on projects during the Covid 19 lockdown period upto a limit of 20% of contract sum.
During the period under review a Presidential Committee was appointed to de-regulate & simplify the existing laws & regulations & the Chamber President & CEO were made members of this commission. A key recommendation of this commission was enabling a construction project to commence operations 3 weeks after submitting preliminary documents to the Urban Development Authority.
The incoming President Arc. Jayantha Perera outlined his vision for his term of office emphasizing the visibility, acceptance & presence of the Chamber both locally & regionally. He also mooted a “Construction Policy Task Force” to upgrade quality in construction & bring in systematic training & certification into the industry. He mentioned his keenness to enroll young members into the fold & drive the organization through Information Technology. He pledged to do his best to excel on behalf of the industry.
The outgoing President made some acute observations about the workings of the industry & bemoaned the lackadaisical attitude of the political leadership in not utilizing the industry as a driver of growth & also lethargy of the bureaucracy. He thanked his Board & Council & staff members for their unstinted support & cooperation during his stewardship.
Finally in grateful appreciation in taking the Chamber from strength to strength Eng. D.D. Wijemanne (who is a Founder Member of the Chamber) was bestowed Honorary Life Membership.
The 18th AGM of the Chamber of Construction Industry of Sri Lanka concluded with a fellowship dinner.