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News from Sri Lanka

The new ambassador from Sri Lanka, Karunasena Hettiarachchi, had barely taken up his post in September 2017 when the first joint talk with project coordinator Daniel Böhme took place on the future collaboration to strengthen quality infrastructure in Sri Lanka.

How did the new ambassador find out about the joint project between Sri Lanka and PTB so quickly? Fittingly for the occasion of the ambassador’s assumption of office, Daniel Böhme sent out the first newsletter about the Sri Lanka project in October 2017 – which found its way to the ambassador via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The ambassador’s spontaneous collaboration is great proof of the newsletter’s reach.

The newsletter summarizes the joint efforts of the project partners on the road to strengthened quality infrastructure and presents the results of workshops and training sessions. Additionally, different project partners, often working at great distances from each other and in different languages, are introduced. The project is active in the north as well as in the south of the country where different languages – Sinhala and Tamil – are spoken. The compromise for the 160 readers is that the newsletter is published in English.

Mr. Böhme, the coordinator, and Mr. Hettiarachchi, the ambassador, quickly identified their common goals and topics. Both feel strongly about a focus on drinking water for the next phase of the project.

The project to strengthen quality infrastructure in Sri Lanka is active on three levels. At the national level, the services of important quality infrastructure stakeholders are harmonized according to international good practices while at the regional level, food and drinking water laboratories will be supported to be able to offer need-based testing services to small and medium-sized enterprises. Additionally, the project fosters awareness of hygiene and quality aspects in small and medium-sized enterprises. The project has a budget of 1 million euros for its three-year term (2016-2018).

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