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Strengthening collaborations for sustainable infrastructure: ASI convenor's visits to members

Updated: Dec 11, 2023

In the dynamic landscape of sustainable infrastructure development, Mr. Samantha Abeywickrama, Convenor of the Alliance for Sustainable Infrastructure (ASI), embarked on a series of impactful discussions during the month of October 2023 to ASI member organizations. 


NAFSO Collaboration: Building Solidarity and Sharing Responsibilities


On October 6, 2023, Mr. Abeywickrama engaged with key figures at the National Fisheries Solidarity Organization (NAFSO). The meeting, attended by NAFSO Convenor Herman Kumara, addressed the ongoing ASI projects and activities, emphasizing collaborative efforts. The decision to share project activities with Mr. Herman demonstrates a commitment to transparency and shared responsibilities. Additionally, plans were set in motion for a collaborative meeting in Trincomalee or Jaffna, showcasing ASI's dedication to grassroots engagement.


Empowering Women in Sustainable Infrastructure: ASI-WCIC Collaboration


A pivotal meeting transpired on October 23, 2023, where Mr. Abeywickrama interacted with senior members of the Women's Chamber of Industry & Commerce (WCIC). The WCIC expressed eagerness to contribute to ASI's National Sustainable Infrastructure Plan and promote gender balance in large-scale infrastructure projects in Sri Lanka. This collaboration signifies a step towards inclusivity and gender diversity in the realm of sustainable development.


Advocata Partnership: Navigating the Path to Sustainable Policies


Later on the same day, Mr. Abeywickrama convened with Advocata CEO Mr. Dhananath Fernando. The discussions delved into the urgency of a sustainable infrastructure policy, aligning Advocata's achievements with ASI's goals. The proposed collaborations, ranging from integrating Advocata's White Elephant platform with the Smart ASI Component to participating in comparative analyses, highlight the multifaceted approach ASI is taking towards sustainable infrastructure.


Promoting Transparency: TISL Meeting


Culminating the month, Samantha Abeywickrama met with Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) on October 26. This meeting underscores ASI's commitment to transparency and ethical practices in sustainable infrastructure development.


In summary, Mr. Abeywickrama's October visits reflect ASI's concerted efforts to forge meaningful collaborations, ensure transparency, and promote sustainable infrastructure practices in Sri Lanka. As these partnerships continue to evolve, the alliance is poised to make a lasting impact on the nation's infrastructure landscape.


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