Further research has been conducted to lower the costs of ATPF by utilizing other inexpensive cementing binders such as fly ash, gypsum, blast furnace slage and lime.
Work is continuing on further developing ATPF and utilizing this technology in underground mines.
EDB is hosting the 28th CEO meeting of the ATPF in Sri Lanka from 24-26th August 2015 in partnership with HSBC" said EDB Chairman Egodage, and added:
"ATPF is a gathering of Trade Promotion Organizations (TPOs) in the Asian region consisting of 24 member countries and was initiated by Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) the Japanese government related organization that works to promote mutual trade & Investment between Japan & the rest of the world.
The first meeting of ATPF was held in Tokyo in 1987.
ATPF has gradually increased its participants since its launch with ten member organizations.
Themes of past ATPF meetings can be classified in two categories.
Working Level Meetings define the theme and agenda for ATPF meetings, laying the groundwork for efficient plenary discussions.
In order to disseminate ATPF information to the world, ATPF has built its own web site.
In addition to annual meetings and the web site, ATPF has the ATRAIN information exchange system, a bulletin, joint study missions, and a compilation of trade-show information.