The Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Quality and Productivity (SLAAQP) was founded in 1996 and was the successor to the Quality Circle Association of Sri Lanka (QCASL) which was established in 1989. Both associations were in the forefront promoting firstly quality circles and then an integrated approach to Quality and Productivity. QCASL was admitted to the International Co-ordinating Committee on Quality Circles and later the SLAAQP was the official representative. Sri Lanka had very good participation at the International Quality Circle Conventions hosted by other member countries and our biggest delegation was about 60 in 1993 to the ICQCC in Bangkok. In 1998 SLAAQP in association with the National Institute of Business Management (NIBM) hosted the International Convention (ICQCC ‘98) in Colombo with over 100 foreign delegates.
The Association also held the annual National Convention which included paper presentations pertaining to the theory and practice of Quality and Productivity, and the Quality Circle competition along with several activities for non executive level employees of manufacturing and service organisations and schools.
However after sometime the Association became dormant and activities were at a very low level. It was revived last year with a new Council. As in most other countries, voluntary associations such as ours have an important role to play by itself, or in association with the Government in improving Quality and Productivity in Sri Lanka. The revived Association is now ready to roll out a plan of activities that will contribute to making Sri Lanka more competitive in exports, more productive in all its activities, and be recognised as a high quality country.