The 44th ISAAME (India, South Asia, Africa and Middle East) Forum concluded in Colombo recently, which brought in over 2400 delegates from 35 countries, out of which, 2000 delegates were foreign and the remainder Sri Lankan.
Organised by CDC Events, it was the first time a single professional conference organiser (PCO) has handled an event of this magnitude independently.
Connaissance Chairman and CDC Events Chairman Chandra Wickramasinghe congratulated the team at CDC for accomplishing this task, which makes them the largest PCO in Sri Lanka.
He also thanked the Lions Club International of Sri Lanka for appointing CDC Events as its event organiser.
The forum took place in several venues in Colombo. The inauguration ceremony was at the Temple Trees whilst the main conference and closing ceremony took place at the BMICH. The headquarter hotel Cinnamon Grand Colombo also played a significant role during the forum. Many other concurrent events such as the Lions Leadership Dinner, Lions Cricket Sixes, Parade of Nations, Cultural Perahera Pageant, Bridal Fashion Show, cultural performances, tree planting session and musical show for the benefit of the delegates and Sri Lankan business community along with the public took place throughout the forum.
The sponsors of this event were Sri Lanka Tourism, Sri Lanka Convention Bureau, SriLankan Airlines, Zam Gems, Stone n String, Prime Lands, E-WIS, Commercial Bank, Nature Secrets and many others. The official caterers for this event were Cinnamon Grand Colombo, Hilton Colombo and Mount Lavinia Hotel.
It is the fifth time this international forum has taken place in Sri Lanka.
CDC Events Managing Director Imran Hassan stated that he is overjoyed at being involved in the organising this event in the years 1999, 2007 and 2016. He went on to say that this was one of the largest and most difficult events handled by CDC Events and throughout his entire career. One important fact he stressed upon was that Sri Lanka lacks in infrastructure and calls upon the government to take the necessary action as Sri Lanka is fast tracking attracting large numbers for delegations such as conventions, conferences and exhibitions and there is not a single venue that can accommodate this number in one setting with various activities concurrently taking place at the same time. As a professional in the industry he said it is very important to stress the urgency of this situation and hope for a brighter tomorrow.
He concluded stating that CDC Events has moved into a new state-of-the-art facility along with Connaissance De Ceylan and geared up for greater prospects for the future.