State Minister graces Asia Logistics Forum
[September 04 2018]
Minister of Defence Hon. Ruwan
Wijewardene graced the inaugural
session of the Asia Logistics
Forum as the chief guest, today
(04 September). The two-day
conference began at the Cinnamon
Grand Hotel in Colombo, this
Speaking at the occasion the State Minister said that
Sri Lanka's geo-strategic location has been a dominant feature effecting
our local and international interactions from ancient days and that in
terms of global security and global trade has alternatively dominated
the country's internal discourse. The upsurge in economic activity in
India and China, coupled with their intrinsic security concerns, and
that of the rest of the world based on China's belt and road initiative
has made security and trade complementary concerns and is manifested at
a higher threshold, he said. He also highlighted the regional
cooperation in reassuming strategic and economic salience.
He said that the country aims to continue excellent
relations with China, Japan, Australia, India, USA and the EU and
maintain neutrality of the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal. He also
said that many stakeholders have come to assist Sri Lanka achieve and
maintain this neutrality and also to effectively respond to disaster
relief in the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal.
He said that Sri Lanka faces the challenge of
attracting major logistics providers and to facilitate their operational
requirements. He spoke of the importance of developing the ports to
facilitate to achieve national goals.
The Forum brings together logistics industry
stakeholders in the South Asian region together to enhance their
knowledge and further improve the Logistics Industry.
Corporate heads, industry experts and a large number
of participants were present at the occasion.