FEISCA REGIONAL CONFERENCE Themed “Engineering the Sustainable Development Goals – National Strategies and Challenges” concludes with the promise of achievement
His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena was the Chief Guest at the conference on Engineering the Sustainable Development Goals – National Strategies and Challenges, organized by the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL) in collaboration with the Federation of Engineering Institutions of South and Central Asia (FEISCA) held at the Hilton Residencies as part of the 112th Annual Sessions of the IESL.
FEISCA came in to being as a direct response to the need for the assistance of engineering professional bodies to the United Nations system. It provides opportunities for the non-government organizations engaged in engineering education and training to discuss the issues of improving professional collaboration to provide an effective working mechanism among the neighboring countries in the South and Central Asia region Engineering professional organizations including those from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka have membership in the FEISCA. The conference comes at a time when the Presidency of the FEISCA is being held by the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka
The conference, better known as the Annual Regional Conference of the FEISCA, this year had its theme aligned with the His Excellency President Maithripala Sirisena’s pledge at the recently held 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly to provide leadership for Sri Lanka to take the strategic decisions essential to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) by the year 2030. Hon. Ajith Mannapperuma, Deputy Minister of Environment and Dr. Suren Batagoda, Secretary to the Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy were among the distinguished invitees at the conference.
The lighting of the traditional oil lamp and national anthem was followed by the Welcome address by Eng. (Prof.) Mrs. Niranjanie Ratnayake, President of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka.
This was followed by the address of the President of FEISCA, Eng. Jayavilal Meegoda, who is also the Immediate Past President of the IESL.
HE President in his speech while highlighting the importance of achieving Sustainable Development Goals also laid equal stress on finding solutions to consequences of climate change with vagaries of the weather, alternately subjecting our people to devastating floods and severe droughts taking its toll on livelihoods pushing them towards further poverty. He suggested, as solutions to consequences of Climate Change, diverting flood waters from Ratnapura and Kalutara areas towards drought stricken areas of the north through pipelines akin to principles used in the conveying petroleum across deserts of the Middle eastern countries He said that elimination of corruption is as important for achievement of SDG’s.
The keynote address on “Role of Engineers in achieving the Sustainable Sri Lanka 2030” was delivered by Eng. Mohan Munasinghe, Chairman of the Presidential Expert Commission on Sustainable Sri Lanka 2030 Vision
Presenters from Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Myanmar did presentations on their experiences along their respective country journeys towards achieving 17 sustainable development goals according to the agenda adopted at the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in year 2015.
Engineering the Sustainable Development Goals Power Sector Perspectives’
by Dr. Suren Batagoda, Secretary – Ministry of Power & Renewable Energy
‘Sustainable Development Goals SDGs’ by Eng. (Dr) H Manthrithilake, Head, Sri Lanka Development Initiative International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
‘Sustainable Transportation Development of Bangladesh: National Strategies and Challenges’ by Prof. Dr. Engr. Md. Mizanur Rahman – Bangladesh
‘Engineering the Sustainable Goals – National Strategies and Challenges Pakistan Perspective by Engr. Sohail Bashir – Pakistan
‘Engineering the Sustainable Development Goals – National Strategies and Challenges: The Indian Scenario’ by Engr P. Rajamani – India
‘Sustainable Development Goal 12’ by Eng. Gamini Senayake, Chairman of Regional Industry Service Committee (RISC) North Western Province under the Ministry of Industry & Commerce of the Central Government
The Republic of the Union of Myanmar Country Report by Ms. Mu Mu Aye – Myanmar
The Morning Session was chaired by Eng. (Prof.) Mrs. Niranjanie Ratnayake. The afternoon sessions which commenced after Lunch Break was chaired by Eng. (Prof.) T.M. Pallewatte, President Elect of the IESL.
Special time was allocated for panel discussion after presentation sessions concluded and the question and answers added further value for participants to carry back with them
The seminar ended with Vote of Thanks proposed by Eng. (Prof.) T.M. Pallewatta, President Elect for the 2017 / 2018 Session and who will be taking over the presidency of the IESL for the 2018 / 2019 session.