From 1999 to 2018, Pierre Pringiers is the Honorary Consul for Belgium in Sri Lanka.
Following the 2004 tsunami disaster, he initiated the Solideal Loadstar Rehabilitation Trust (SLRT), tsunami rehabilitation & reconstruction project. SLRT managed a total budget of 6,7 million USD and successfully achieved: rebuilding of 5 schools, 730 permanent houses, repair of 163 fishing boats, 20 new boats, repair of 315 boat engines, etc. Awarded “best housing reconstruction project” by UNHCR.
Pierre Pringiers was decorated by The King of Belgium Albert II with “Chevalier de l’ordre de Léopold” in recognition for the achievements; In November 2006, and the “Melvin Jones Fellow” from the Lions International Foundation for the dedicated humanitarian services.
In 2006, he co-founded the Building A Future Foundation, a long-term extension of the SLRT. a non-profit organisation which aims at improving the living conditions of underprivileged population depending on the resources of the ocean through capacity building, empowerment and economic self-sufficiency with an environmental, social and sustainable approach. Pursuing its objective of reintroducing sails in Sri Lanka, BAF developed innovative double powered fishing boats intended to be replicated at large scale in other coastal regions of the world affected by overfishing close to the shore. BAF also aims at creating a sailing culture in the island by initiating a yachting industry from boat building, sails and masts making,… to mini -marina creation and chartering services through social entrepreneurship and North-South cooperation.
Pierre Pringiers is the founder and the main investor in the SAIL LANKA YACHTING GROUP (SLYG in 2104).