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International logistics conference in Sri Lanka

Jul '19
Sri Lanka will host the first ever international logistics conference during August 1-2, 2019. The Colombo International Logistics Conference will see 20 international speakers discussing modern logistics trends, South Asia’s logistics market and the role of Sri Lanka as global logistics centre. The conference will be attended by over 250 foreign delegates.

“Delegates attending this conference will get a first-hand idea of the ports of Sri Lanka and the new Port City that is being built with up to US$ 18 billion investment. The conference will give an opportunity for networking and develop new businesses for companies involved in logistics, as well as investors,” said Shippers' Academy Colombo CEO and Export Development Board (EDB) logistics advisory committee chairman, Rohan Masakorala.

The event will mark the 40th anniversary of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), which will join as a business partner along with its terminal operators, while the Sri Lanka Logistics and Freight Forwarders’ Association will join as the ‘strategic partner’, with the organiser, CIMC-Events.

SLPA chairman Kavan Ratnayaka said that the vision of the SLPA was to support value-added services to make Sri Lanka a true logistic hub. “Therefore, this conference is timely to get message out to the international business community that Sri Lanka provides an unmatchable location with low-cost, high-speed solutions to connect global trade and markets,” he said.

The government is supporting the event. The National Export Strategy’s key driver, the EDB, has taken the initiative to promote logistics and support this event. Speaker of Parliament, Karu Jayasuriya is the patron of the conference.

The logistics industry is reshaping and evolving to facilitate a new order of global trade, e-commerce and to reach out to the 21st century consumer with flexibility and speed, modernising the global supply chains. For this reason, strategic distribution hubs connected by air and sea, and proximity to markets and transportation hubs, make a location suitable for international logistics to provide services at minimal costs. (SV)

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