The Third International Conference on Community Water Services 2014 will be held at Sri Lanka International Buddhist Academy, Pallekele, Kundasale in Kandy District on 22nd - 24th August 2014 under the chairmanship of Minister of Water Supply and Drainage Dinesh Gunawardena.
Simon Smits, the Vice Minister for Foreign Trade from the Kingdom of the Netherlands and a Dutch trade delegation of 5 high level business representatives concluded a successful Sri Lanka visit. Right from the outset of the trade mission, the Vice-Minister emphasized that - after a 40 year focus on development cooperation - this mission is the start in a long term heightened trade relationship between the two countries, giving credibility to the Dutch Embassy’s motto: Sri Lanka – The Netherlands, Old Friends – New Trends.
According to the Environment Performance Index (EPI) Yale University, Sri Lanka ranked as 69th place in EPI which is a Global Environmental Assessment Index in terms of air quality management in the country. In South Asia, Sri Lanka is the best in air quality management according to the above assessment. Properly operating vehicle emission testing program and industrial emission control system are the key air quality management tools utilized for successes.
As a part of his official tour of China, the Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa, visited Shanghai as Special Envoy of President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Trade and Commerce from 3rd to 6th July 2014. This visit also coincided with the “Sri Lanka Shines in Shanghai” promotional event, co-ordinated by Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau of the Ministry of Economic Development.
Sustainable water management and sanitation is a precondition for a country’s development as it has a major impact on the living environment, economy, health, and social life. To address those major impacts The Central Environmental Authority, Coordinating Secretariat for Science Technology & Innovation, Nanyang Environmental & Water Research Institute Singapore, Board of Investment of Sri Lanka, National Water Supply & Drainage Board and the University of Peradeniya joined together to discuss & disseminate the idea of appropriate waste water management Strategies.