6th Bureau meeting of Asian Pacific Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development (APMCHUD) in conjunction with the World Urban Forum was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 08th February 2018. Mr. Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Minister of State of Housing and Urban Affairs in India chaired the Bureau meeting which represented Cabinet Ministers, State Ministers, Secretaries to the Ministries, senior officials and the representatives of international organizations who participated from the Asia Pacific countries. Mr. R.M. Abeyratne Secretary to the Ministry of Housing & Construction of Sri Lanka has led the Sri Lankan delegation for this meeting.
Sri Lankan delegation has made a special presentation on basic services including energy and mobility for integrated and inclusive development with the representation of Sri Lanka.
Mr. R.M. Abeyratne, Secretary to the Ministry of Housing & Construction of Sri Lanka who addressed the Bureau meeting said " The Sri Lankan government of His Excellency Mithripala Sirisena and the Prime Minister Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe has launched multi – faceted program of balance development identifying housing and management of urban growth as key areas of focus."
Addressing the Bureau meeting he further said " At present a major initiative taken by Sri Lanka, is revising the National Housing Policy in the year 2017, in collaboration with the UN Habitat, in keeping with the guidelines of the New Urban Agenda and Sustainable Development Goal No. 11.
The Ministry of Housing and Construction under the spearheading of the Hon. Sajith Premadasa, Minister of Housing and Construction, has been tasked with the responsibility for ensuring 'Shelter for All'. The national shelter program, which has been structured to realize this task will be further, expanded towards the alleviation of rural sector poverty through livelihood improvement combined with the provision of shelter."
All representing countries who participated in this Bureau meeting have made special presentations on their own countries and they have been discussed various shelter and urban issues relevant to their countries and the region.