Sri Lanka’s Participation At The ETHIO-CON International Construction Exhibition
Export Services Division
“It was indeed a pleasure to be a part of the Sri Lanka delegation of 16th Ethio-Con Construction Exhibition in Ethiopia and a great opportunity not only to expand the business globally but also to get to know the vast range of opportunities in Ethiopian market”, stated a Sri Lankan Delegate, APS Lanka at the recently concluded Ethio-Con Construciton Exhibition.
Sri Lankan delegation comprising three construction companies has successfully concluded the participation at the 16th Ethio-con International construction Exhibition held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 24-27 September and secured new business opportunities in the African region. The Ethio-con Exhibition provided a platform for Sri Lankan delegation to link with prospective business personnel in this market. Also it would be the meeting point for the international Construction sector companies to explore the potential in the construction industry in Ethiopia & Africa.
Each company had conducted business meetings with potential clients, influential construction firms during the exhibition which could result to the future business developments of the companies. The new business contacts generated in this event with the potential clients would create the platform to increase business in the best interest of Sri Lanka construction industry.
The EDB, and Sri Lanka Embassy in Ethiopia have organized this event as a collaborative programme and facilitated the 3 Sri Lankan companies; APS Lanka Ltd, Saw Engineering (Pvt)Ltd and International Construction consortium Ltd to participate at the exhibition and they had successful business meetings with their Ethiopian and African counterparts. Sri Lankan Companies are negotiating with the business inquiries they received at the exhibition towards success.
The main focus of organizing this programme was to have an exposure to introduce Sri Lanka construction sector offerings to the African countries as new service area and to build up business relationships between the two countries. This exhibition has helped the industry to reach the target audience in communicating and expanding the scope and also help with market insights and to know customer needs better which has long term benefits for enhancing and developing the service portfolio.
EDB is now taking the initiative of introducing fast track facility for issuing business visa and TPN facility for the Sri Lankan professionals who are engaged in overseas project to expand their business internationally.
The EDB has identified the professional service sector (Construction) as a focus sector which aimed at global positioning of the sector by country branding and promotion in the key target markets including African region
The EDB is prominently giving the leadership to the Sri Lankan construction sector in achieving the overall national goals of reaching more foreign exchange revenue to the country. Therefore, the EDB is planning to organize similar programmes in other countries to explore business opportunities for Sri Lankan constructors.