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State Minister graces Asia Logistics Forum

State Minister graces Asia Logistics Forum

[September 04 2018]

The State 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 morning.

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.

     

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