Message by Hon. Minister of Ports & Shipping
On 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