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UNCTAD transport economist Dr. Valentine in Colombo for Maritime Week, CIMC 2015

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  1. Principal co-author of the annual Review of Maritime Transport

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Dr. Vincent F. Valentine

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) was established in 1964 as a permanent intergovernmental body.
UNCTAD is the principal organ of the United Nations General Assembly dealing with trade, investment, and development issues. The organisation’s goals are to: ‘Maximise the trade, investment and development opportunities of developing countries and assist them in their efforts to integrate into the world economy on an equitable basis’.

Colombo Port attracts 4 new shipping services

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  1. Ships calling at Colombo up by 13.1% in 1H
  2. SLPA Chief optimistic of Rs. 10 b profit by end 2015

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SLPA Chairman
Dr. Lakdas Panagoda

By Charumini de Silva
Further strengthening its hub status in South Asia, the Colombo Port has attracted four new services so far this year, boosting volumes and profitability.

“We have been successful in luring four new major shipping services during the first half of the year,” Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) Chairman Dr. Lakdas Panagoda told the Daily FT.

Sri Lanka Tourism to make cruise segment a top 5 earner for Sri Lanka

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  1. Global market worth $ 4 b
  2. Sri Lanka to reach 60,000 by end 2015
  3. Targets 100,000 by end 2016

John Tercek Vice President of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd to address Sri Lanka in September

John Tercek, Vice President of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd to address Sri Lanka in September

Taking a giant step forward for the development of cruise tourism in Sri Lanka to be a 100,000 visitor arrivals source, the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau has invited John Tercek, Vice President of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., to visit Sri Lanka and address the business community of the $ 4 billion industry, said Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau Chairman Dr. Rohantha Athukorala.

Sri Lanka ‘Maritime Week’ declared

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The Government of Sri Lanka for the very first time has declared a ‘Maritime Week’ in Sri Lanka from 21 to 27 September in line with World Maritime Day which falls on 24 September which will be observed by the International Maritime Organisation and United Nations worldwide.

Not me, you or anyone markets Sri Lanka — Masakorala

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By Mario Andree

Ceylon FT: A veteran shipper blamed himself, the business community, and the government for not marketing Sri Lanka, despite several authorities claiming that aggressive marketing campaigns were taking place.

Chief Executive officer of Shippers' Academy, Rohan Masakorala, told a forum organized by the Charted Institute of Logistics and Transport that everyone in the country had failed to promote Sri Lanka internationally and was following their own agendas.

Sri Lanka eyes port potential

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A move to increase capacity at Sri Lanka’s ports is enabling the island nation to capitalise on its strategic location by serving growing traffic on the international east-west shipping lanes.
Sri Lanka has carved out a niche as a key trade gateway over the years on the back of its access to the Indian Ocean, as it aspires to become a hub like Singapore in East Asia. However, while the country’s ports and logistical capabilities have benefitted from significant investment, industry players say challenges, such as outdated Customs procedures, are weighing on its performance.

Federal Maritime Commission to be part of Colombo International Maritime Conference

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Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) of the United States will be part of the Colombo International Maritime Conference (CIMC) which will be held in Sri Lanka from 24 to 26 September in conjunction with World Maritime Day 2015.
FMC will be represented by Senior Advisor Transport Michael Gordon who will address the Conference.
Gordon joined the Federal Maritime Commission in 2011 and is currently attached to their Office of Business and Trade Analysis. In his current capacity he draws upon his 25 years of experience in the private sector, and 15 years in government service, to provide the Commission a maritime perspective on various issues and projects the Commission is working on.

Maritime an industry for the young generation, says Ports Minister

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Maritime being an industry that has not been reached out properly and looked after in the past, the ministry of Ports and Shipping have decided to educate the younger generation in the country in taking the industry forward. There are a lot of lessons to be learnt from the past, said Arjuna Ranatunga, Minister of Ports and Shipping.

Mr. Ranatunga made this statement at a media briefing held at the Galadari Hotel in Colombo last week to launch the first ever Colombo International Maritime Conference (CIMC) to be held from 24th to 26th of September this year.

Sri Lanka international maritime forum to draw investors

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COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – Sri Lanka’s maritime industry aims to promote its new ports and position the island as a logistics hub for the rapidly growing Indian subcontinent by holding an international conference later this year. The Colombo International Maritime Conference (CIMC-2015) will be held during 24-26 September 2015 to coincide with the United Nations International Maritime Organisation International Maritime Day.

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