Seatrade Shipping Conference On July 10, 11
Sri Lanka Ports, Trade & Logistics Conference and Exhibition, organized by Seatrade is scheduled to be held on July 10 and 11 at the Hilton Hotel Colombo.
At the keynote opening session on day one, speeches will be delivered by government ministers and heads of related agencies, State Investment Agencies, Maritime and Private Sector Senior Company Executives and officials from International Maritime, Finance and trade institutions.
Kumara Welgama, Minister of Transport will deliver the welcome address followed by Dr Priyath B. Wickrama, Chairman, Sri Lanka Ports Authority; Noboru Ueda, Chairman & President, ClassNK; M. M. C. Ferdinando, Secretary, Ministry of Power & Energy and Chairman/Director General, The Board of Investment of Sri Lanka; and Dr. Willie Gamage, Chairman & CEO, The Strategic Enterprise Management Agency.
The event organizer Seatrade opened up its first Asian office in Hong Kong during 1974 and now boasts a network of offices and representatives throughout East and South Asia. Today it has an unrivalled team of specialist editorial staff providing in-depth coverage of Asia’s shipping markets across a range of publications and online portals. It is also involved in or organising many of the regions leading exhibitions and events.
Strategic investments from high-growth economies such as India and China are propelling Sri Lanka into an important emerging Indian-ocean economy. Geographically and geo-politically, Sri Lanka is well located between these two fast growing economies. The importance as a strategic hub is easy to see. According to the organizers, with excellent trade relations both India and China are heavily assisting the island nation in the development of considerable infrastructure ventures. The huge investment in the Port City of Hambantota alone, will see the biggest port constructed on-land to date in the 21st Century! This timely two-day event will examine Sri Lanka’s new maritime infrastructure and commanding position as a trans-shipment logistics hub for bulk, break bulk, warehousing, bunkering, ship repair and shipbuilding.
The event offers numerous opportunities for the maritime and logistics industry to take advantage of Sri Lanka’s burgeoning economy and build for the future.
The high-level two-day conference and exhibition offers delegates the chance to gather critical business and commercial intelligence through networking with governmental decision makers, trade policy makers, investment promotion agencies and private sector partners. At the same time, exhibitors have a prime opportunity to showcase their products and services to a very focused audience of the maritime industry, port authorities and government