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President to inaugurate OPA annual sessions on ‘Innovative Digitalisation’

Wasantha Malwattage, Treasurer OPA, Lalith Wijetunga, President OPA, Engineer Nissanka Perera President Elect, Eng Saman Warusavithana, General Secretary OPA and Eng Upali Jayawardene, Editor OPA. Pictures by Vipula Amarasinghe
Wasantha Malwattage, Treasurer OPA, Lalith Wijetunga, President OPA, Engineer Nissanka Perera President Elect, Eng Saman Warusavithana, General Secretary OPA and Eng Upali Jayawardene, Editor OPA. Pictures by Vipula Amarasinghe

The Annual Conference of the Organisation of Professional Associations of Sri Lanka (OPA) will be held on September 26 and 27 at Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel, Colombo on the theme ‘Innovative Digitalisation’.This Annual Conference which is the biggest event in the OPA calendar is being held for the 31stconsecutive year and culminates the activities of the OPA for the year 2017/2018.

The Inaugural Ceremony of the Annual Conference will be held on September 26 and President, Maithripala Sirisena will be the Chief Guest. The Keynote Speaker is Dr. D. Prasanth Nair, Managing Partner and Country Head InHelm, India. Ajith P. Perera, State Minister of Power and Renewable Energy will be the Guest of Honour. The Technical Sessions will be held on September 27 at the same venue. A number of eminent personalities will make presentations on subjects of their expertise.

The Organisation of Professional Associations of Sri Lanka was established in 1975, mooting the idea of a joint professional body, to cater to the country’s growing need of professional opinion. The OPA is now in its 43rd year and is the Apex Body consisting of 49 Member Associations representing 32 Professions such as Engineering, Medicine, Accountancy, Architecture, Human Resource Management, Banking, etc. with a combined Membership exceeding over 60,000.Over the years the OPA has grown into a powerful Civil Society consisting of an impressive list of professionals in various fields, whose outreach is extensive.

To ensure a broader participation the OPA started the Annual Conference, of which the first one was held in 1988. Since then the OPA has organized 30 Annual Conferences under various themes and policy papers were also submitted to the government for the inclusion in the National Policy and Budget.

The handing over of the sponsorships for the forthcoming event was held last week in the presence of Wasantha Malwattage, Treasurer OPA, Lalith Wijetunga, President OPA, Engineer Nissanka Perera President Elect, Eng Saman Warusavithana, General Secretary OPA and Eng Upali Jayawardene, Editor OPA. Lake House is the print media sponsor.

 

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