'Shipping industry could play vital role in economic uplift'
The Sri Lanka Shippers' Council conducted a field visit to Hambantota
International Airport (HIA) and Magampura New Port recently. The tour
delegation comprised over 170 participants from member Associations of
the Council including exporters, importers, freight forwarders,
logistics providers, courier companies and shipping lines.
Chairman Shippers Council, Dinesh de Silva said, "the visit was
certainly useful and had given the participants a remarkable knowledge
enhancing experience and an opportunity of networking with individuals
from different organisations. A steady development in the district could
be seen due to the development activities taking place in and around the
Hambantota port and airport." He said that there are numerous business
opportunities with the port development and the shipping industry could
play a vital role in the country's economic contribution. Moreover, the
trade could now exploit opportunities to promote both southern sea port
and air port.
Sri Lanka's second international airport, Mattala International
Airport to be opened in March will accommodate the world's biggest A380
aircraft. The communication tower, depicting a lotus, is now ready with
all the communication equipment installed. The runway and the taxi way
have been completed ahead of schedule.