ranil wickremesingheThe government of Sri Lanka has identified the country’s role as a strategic player in the Indian Ocean to support global trade by facilitating and expanding logistics services. The government under my leadership is committed to making Sri Lanka a key logistics centre in the world. Among major economic sectors that can help revive the Sri Lankan economy, I believe logistics to be a game changer. The key markets around us, India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan, give us new opportunities to make use of our location and its major ports of Colombo, Hambanthota and Trincomalee to convert Sri Lanka into a global centre for supply chain connectivity through logistics services.

Given the economic challenges faced currently by Sri Lanka, greater emphasis must be given to the export industry. To do that, we need to connect to global supply chains by using the island’s unique and strategic location to play a prominent role in the international logistics industry. 

As the President, I am committed to fostering partnerships with global shipping and logistics giants in the sector and will open the industry to foreign direct investment by eliminating any barriers for entry, and ensure greater competitiveness. With International partners we can potentially make Sri Lanka the hub of Asia. I am aware that speed and cost are key elements to be competitive in today’s post-covid trading environment where trade shifts are being witnessed and new supply chain solutions are looked at by the logistics industry including e-commerce. The island is ideally located to provide such services and economies of scale to east-west trade passing through the Indian Ocean and support our regional growth as well.

In this context, the Colombo International Maritime and Logistics Conference 2022 is of great significance as it is the first mega-conference held in Sri Lanka as a post-covid event. It will open new opportunities for Sri Lanka. I take this opportunity to wish the organisers of the event, great success.

Gopal BaglayI’m pleased to note that the sixth edition on the Colombo International Maritime and Logistics Conference will be held in Colombo at a time Sri Lanka needs international investments and support. I have been with the conference since 2015 as its patron. I have seen the high standards brought in by this event and also bringing in new thinking to the industry to make shipping and logistics a key pillar of the regional economic growth and help Sri Lanka to use its geographic position to support global maritime and supply chain industries through development of the overall logistics sector.

I also believe that post Covid global economy will have trade shifts and international transportation and connectivity will play a key role in shaping the future economic direction of Sri Lanka and region itself.

I therefore, take this opportunity to congratulate the organizers and extend my fullest support and corporation to make this Conference a success.

Karu Jayasuritya

Gopal BaglayThe International Maritime & Logistics Conference being held in Colombo in November 2022 is a timely initiative that would enable dialog among various stakeholders associated with international trade, maritime and logistics with Sri Lanka.

Gopal BaglayI’m very happy to note that the “Colombo International Maritime & Logistics Conference”, organized by CIMC Events, is going to be held on 1-2 November 2022 in Colombo. I am confident that this event will bring together relevant stake holders from the region and beyond to engage in a meaningful dialog for enhancing maritime connectivity, supply chain sustainability and international trade; and also for better networking, camaraderie and understanding between the shipping communities. All these are particularly crucial for our region at this challenging time.