Monday, 23 September 2013 00:37
SLPA, SAGT, CICT join hands with SAC for international trade, logistics and transport quiz
Symbolising a new era in the maritime, aviation & logistics industry in Sri Lanka, the Shippers’ Academy Colombo, a pioneering academic institution that conducts prestigious quizzes as part of its academic calendar, launched the Terminal Operators’ Cup (TOC) for the international trade, logistics and transport challenge quiz, to mark the opening of the South Port of Colombo and the other new infrastructure that has been built to support the international trading environment of Sri Lanka to make it a strategic hub.
Joining hands with Shippers’ Academy Colombo (SAC) is the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) along with its private sector partners and terminal operators, namely, South Asia Gateway Terminal (SAGT) and the newly commissioned Colombo International Container Terminal (CICT) to make this event a success.
SAC organises two prestigious mind sports which are conducted by the International Quizzing Association, Sri Lanka branch (IQASL) annually. The Governor’s Challenge Trophy for Global Commerce Excellence with CBSL & the Terminal Operators’ Cup for International Trade, Logistics & Transport are held each year on a rotational basis. This year too over 250 participants are expected to take part for the first TOC challenge cup.
Shippers’ Academy Colombo CEO Rohan Masakorala said: “This event is held to uplift the standards and to build the image of our industry and link the supply chain with the value chain. We also hope to send a message of an emerging hub status of our country to the world. The event will develop skills, knowledge and encourage more people to join these sectors which give lucrative opportunities open around the world to them.”
SLPA Chairman Dr. Priyath Wickrama said: “We are delighted to partner such an event as Sri Lanka has taken giant steps in the maritime sector over the past five years and that his vision is to make the country a mega maritime hub to promote trade and logistics. I am sure the industry will support this event as it helps a spectrum of the industry activities from logistics, exports to banking & insurance and the supply chain in general.”
SLPA MD Captain Nihal Keppetipola said that they too would like to encourage skills and knowledge development in the sector and hence came to support this event.
Erwin Haaze and Nelson Liu, CEOs of SAGT and CICT respectively, have joined the efforts as strategic partners to support the organisers and to promote the maritime sector, nationally and globally through this prestigious event.
The quiz will be opened to both public and private sector corporates and organisations and will offer attractive prizes and awards including the Lalith Athulathmudali memorial shield for the runners’ up. The following sectors will be also awarded prizes:
Best Terminal Operator (Shipping or Aviation)
Best Freight Forwarding & Logistics Service Provider
Best Shipping & Transport Service Provider
Best Bank & Financial Institution
Best Insurance Service Provider
Best Other Mercantile Establishment
Best Public Sector Institution
The IQASL will conduct the quiz based on the following subject areas:
Freight forwarding and logistics
Banking and trade
Insurance & financial services
International transport documents
General knowledge on international trade and transport
The event will be held on 11 December 2013 at the Kingsbury from 2 p.m. onwards, followed by the awards ceremony. Interested parties can contact the Shippers’ Academy Colombo to register a five-member corporate team and will be allocated on fist come first served basis. [email protected], 0773820703/ 011356844 Fax: 2874065 or visit www.shippersacademy.lk.