Mr Nishikawa will witness the MoU signing between Ind-Expo Certification Ltd & Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) on Wednesday at Taj Samudra, Colombo. Taizo Nishikawa has served as the Deputy Director-General Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, METI, since November 2005.
The UNIDO facilitated project aims to promote food safety within the chain of tourist hotels in Sri Lanka, and the non-profit firm Ind-Expo Certification Ltd, jointly with Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) will implement the food safety inspection and grading system to assure food safety to the customers.
Ind-Expo Certification Limited is a non for profit, public certification & training organization established by the Ceylon National Chamber of Industries (CNCI) and the National Chamber of Exporters (NCE) of Sri Lanka as it’s partners. It is supported by the UNIDO under it’s project – “Strengthening the International Certification Capacity in Sri Lanka”(Integrated Industrial Development Support Program Phase 11) with the auspices of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce.
Ind-expo also operates a “Crowns Scheme for Food Hygiene” where food outlets, restaurants and hotels are assessed for hygienic conditions and awards crowns depending on their hygienic conditions. The aim of this program is to safeguard the local consumers and also to facilitate the export market. This program has been developed in par with similar programs in operation in developed countries and first implementation was in the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) area with the support of the Health Department of the CMC. This will be extended to the Kotte Municipal and Dehiwela-Mt. Lavinia Municipal Council areas in the near future.