The First Annual General Meeting of the SLPA-UAE

Dubai, 12th November 2020: Sri Lankan Professionals Association in the United Arab Emirates (SLP-UAE) held its first Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday, 31st October 2020, as an online event through Zoom platform.

The Patrons and the central committee/board members of the respective Member Associations have attended the AGM in accordance with the Constitution of the SLPA-UAE.

A Segment of Participants at the AGM

The Patrons of the SLPA are HE the Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the United Arab Emirates, Mr. Malraj De Silva, and the Hon. Consul General of Sri Lanka to Dubai and Northern Emirates, Mr. Nalinda Wijerathna.

HE the Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the United Arab Emirates, Mr. Malraj De Silva

Hon. Consul General of Sri Lanka to Dubai and Northern Emirates, Mr. Nalinda Wijerathna

The current Member Associations of the SLPA-UAE are as follows:

  1. Institution of Incorporated Engineers, Sri Lanka-UAE Branch (IIESL-UAE)
  2. Institute of Quantity Surveyors of Sri Lanka-UAE Chapter (IQSSL-UAE)
  3. Sri Lankan Quantity Surveyors-UAE (SLQS-UAE)
  4. Postgraduate Institute of Management Alumni-UAE (PIMA-UAE)
  5. The Association of Quantity Surveyors of the University of Moratuwa-UAE (QSUM-UAE)

The welcome speech has been delivered by the Chairman of the SLPA-UAE, Mr. Ajantha Premarathna. In his speech, Mr. Premarathna has described how the SLPA has been formed, and the notable progression of the SLPA-UAE since its inception on 28th May 2019.

Chairman of the SLPA-UAE, Mr. Ajantha Premarathna

Secretary of the SLPA-UAE, Mr. Lalith Gallage

The Chairman has expressed his sincere gratitude to the former Consul General of Sri Lanka to Dubai and Northern Emirates, Mr. Charitha Yattogoda, for the commendable guidance and support extended towards the establishment of the SLPA-UAE. He has further appreciated the role of former Executive Board Members of Mr. Deepal Rajaguru and Mr. Sisira Walaliyadde, and a Member of the Steering Committee formed for the purpose of the establishment of the SLPA-UAE, Mr. Sunil Hettiarchchi, for their commendable dedication and contribution at the founding of the SLPA-UAE and beyond.

Subsequently, the annual report and the financial statement for the year 2019/2020 have been presented by the Secretary of the SLPA-UAE, Mr. Lalith Gallage, and the Treasurer of the SLPA-UAE, Mr. Nalaka Kantharachchi, respectively.

Vice Chairman of the SLPA-UAE, Mr. Dhammika Gamage 

Treasurer of the SLPA-UAE, Mr. Nalaka Kantharachchi

In the annual report, Mr. Gallage has described that the current structure of the Executive Board of the SLPA, and especially emphasized on the delivery of 58 activities including continuing professional development (CPD) events, sport activities, social get-togethers and the like by the SLPA-UAE and its Member Associations despite the current pandemic situation.

Notably, HE the Ambassador, Mr. Malraj De Silva and the Hon. Consul General, Mr. Nalinda Wijerathna in their respective speeches, have been highly appreciative of the services being rendered by the SLPA-UAE together with its Member Associations towards Sri Lankan Professionals and Sri Lankan Community at large in the UAE.

The first AGM has successfully been concluded after the delivery of the vote of thanks by the Vice Chairman of the SLPA-UAE, Mr. Dhammika Gamage.

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