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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2828

Logistics hub of Colombo discussed in a seminar

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Colombo, 27 November, ( The Asian Development Bank together with Academy for International Trade and Transport, the training arm of Sri Lanka Freight Forwarders’ Association have conducted an industry awareness seminar on the aspects of Colombo becoming a logistics hub. It discussed the current issues related to logistics, realistic facts and Sri Lanka’s global standard as a logistics centre. The ADB elaborated its involvement in regional logistics together with local industry leaders.

The following topics were discussed:

* ADB support for regional logistics initiatives;

* Facts and figures, findings by the TCP on the logistics study in Sri Lanka by the USAID;

* Potential and Challenge for the Development of an Aviation Hub in Sri Lanka;

* Development in the port sector to support a logistics hub and views on the logistic hub of Colombo;

* Shippers’ views/experiences on logistics, development and the importance for competitive trading;

* The global and regional developments of logistics; Customs focus on enhancing/facilitating a logistics hub;

* Operator view –The Maersk experience on logistics development in Asia and reforms needed and

* The importance of making the Colombo a logistics hub sooner than later

Large number of senior directors and executives from the transport, shipping, ports, banks, insurance companies, telecommunication companies, manufacturers, importers, exports and a cross section of government ministries and departments involved in logistics related services, businesses, and media participated in the seminar. The concept of logistics & hard facts will be presented at this seminar as Sri Lanka is focusing to compete as a regional logistics hub.

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