Sri Lanka will hold its first-ever Colombo International Maritime Conference (CIMC) next month in line with International Maritime Day and UN Observance Day.
The three-day event will be held in Colombo from 24 to 26 September 2015 under the theme ‘Maritime Education and Training’.
The Sri Lankan Government for the first time has declared the week from 21 to 27 September as a ‘Maritime Week’ in line with World Maritime Day which falls on 24 September that is observed by the International Maritime Organisation and the United Nations.
In addition to the CIMC, the India-Sri Lanka maritime forum will be held on 24 September with the assistance of the Indian High Commission.
Over 20 world-class speakers from several organisations including UNCTAD, FMC, IMB/ICC GSF, Drewry, and Maersk, as well as speakers from India and regional ports, will address the conference.
The conference will focus on a message to the world that the Indian subcontinent will play a key role in global trade and maritime activities and Sri Lanka is ready to service this demand.
Sri Lanka, a renowned maritime nation, is well equipped with modern container terminals and is most importantly adjacent to the main east-west shipping route, reducing transit times for all transshipment traffic originating from the Indian subcontinent.
Colombo is serviced by all major shipping lines with a current throughput of 5 million TEUs and is ranked 30 among container ports in the world.
In a message, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that the Government’s priority would be to introduce the necessary reforms and modernisation to create a competitive environment in the maritime sector.
The event is supported by the Government, private and public sector institutions and associations along with international and local chambers and many international organisations and institutions related to the industry.