2nd Colombo International Maritime Conference - CIMC 2016

21- 23 September 2016, - Colombo Sri Lanka
Unleashing Sri Lanka’s potential for investors & service providers

The importance of Sri Lanka’s ports in international trade as well as linking the East-West shipping route has created much interest among global industry & academia. The significance of Sri Lanka’s maritime location and as a gateway destination to Asia is seen by many major industry players and are now focusing on relocating logistic & shipping to the Indian Ocean island where great opportunities are available to speedily connect many continents, consumers including Asia and Africa. Sri Lanka is considered as the best location in South Asia with modern infrastructure, customs and human capital availability at low cost. The country offers many opportunities for investors to set up office for regional business.

Being located at the southern tip of South Asia, andsituated between the major ports of Middle East, East Asia, Sri Lankais ideally located for feeder connectivity in the region. The port of Colombo has the deepest draught and most efficient terminals in South Asia which is considered world class. In addition many other ports are available for bulk, Ro/Ro, cruise shipping, bunkering etc. around the island.

The tax regime for shipping and logistics is one of the lowest in the world. The geographic location is Sri Lanka’s number one unique selling proposition (USP) for shipping and logistics and it is a major advantage for speedy connectivity, which no other port in the region can claim for. The port of Colombo is ranked among the top 30 ports in the world. Availability of high quality labour and educated, skilled workforce together with less unionisation of the sector has helped the industry to grow over a 30 year period without any major disruption and maintained its position as the number one port in South Asia.

The tourist paradise is also considered to be one of the best locations in Asia for expatriates to be stationed. The economy is the most liberal in South Asia and Colombo is considered the cleanest city with a green environment.

The CIMC was launched in 2015 as the first marketing and awareness project of Sri Lanka from the industry. The first ever CIMC was considered as one of the best in Asia by the 500 delegates and speakers who attended in 2015. Given the great opportunity in the Indian subcontinent for cost effective shipping & logistics industry, the CIMC 2016 will be held during “Sri Lanka Maritime Week”. The event is spearheaded by private/public partnership under the leadership of the Minister of Ports and Shipping and a maritime exhibition too will be part of the 2016 event.

The Sri Lanka Maritime weekwill be inaugurated by His Excellency the President and the CIMC2016 will be launched by Hon. Prime Minister delivering the key note speech.

International investorsand companies involved in shipping and logistics industry, including ancillary services and education are invited to register for the CIMC 2016.

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