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Message by Hon. Minister of Ports & Shipping

Arjuna RanatungaOn behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka and as the Minister of Ports & Shipping, I'm delighted be the Chairman of the Colombo International Maritime Conference 2016. 

Our government with the leadership of H.E. the President, Maithripala Sirisena, Hon. Prime Minister, Ranil Wickramasinghe has put a development agenda to achieve sustainable development over the next five years. In this context, the Ministry of Ports and Shipping will be taking a lead role to
develop Sri Lanka's maritime economy.

As mentioned in the IMO theme for the World Maritime Day 2016, "Shipping indispensible to the world" indeed it is indispensible for Sri Lanka as we aspire to be the maritime hub for South Asia & beyond. Sri Lanka has a strong position to be a leader in the maritime world. However, over the last
three decades we have had our own setbacks, and as a result we slowed down in our development.

As the Minister in charge, I will take steps to develop the sector as required by the global demands in the shipping industry. I'm keen to build the right image and embark on a marketing effort to educate and inform international investor of the opportunities that Sri Lanka offers to international shipping &
logistics companies.

Colombo International Maritime Confere.pce which was first launched in 2015, as I took over as the Minister was a first time event and was considered as an extremely successful maritime conference in South Asia. I'm confident that2016 event which includes an exhibition will be a greater success.
I wish the conference all the success.

Arjuna Ranatunga (M.P.)
Minister of Ports & Shipping

Message by Secretary to Ministry of Ports & Shipping

I am happy to endorse and support the initiative taken for the second successive year to organise the Colombo International Maritime Conference 201.6. Our Ministry together with the Hon. Minister who has accepted to be chairman of the event is very keen to be a part of this event'as it helps promote Sri Lanka as a destination for maritime business activity in the region.

The Ministry of Ports & Shipping took the initiative in 2015 to declare the Sri Lanka Maritime Week and to observe the World Maritime Day on an annual basis as approved by the cabinet of ministers. The Ministry is keen to develop the sector in terms of skill, infrastrucfure and to attract more business to the ports of Sri Lanka.

As the secretary of Ministry of Ports & Shipping, I strongly believe that the activities of our ministry will help to build the national economy and the overall maritime economy of Sri Lanka. I therefore congratulate all organising committee members for organising a successful CIMC in 2015 &wish all the success for CIMC 2016.

L.P. Jayampathy
Secretary
Ministry of Ports & Shipping