Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC), a master developer and regulator of port and the Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad), is in Colombo today for the opening of the Sri Lankan Trade and Logistics Conference 2013.
The conference and exhibition is aimed at demonstrating Sri Lanka’s growing investment in its ports and maritime facilities, its emerging status in the “Southern Maritime Zone,” and its place in the global, seaborne supply chain.
The three-day conference welcomes delegates and executives from ports and harbours, shipping lines, agents, and many other commercial maritime operators or enterprises, from across the world.
Acting-CEO of ADPC, Capt. Mohamed Al Shamisi, is at the conference by special invitation and, most notably, will take part in the panel discussion: “Successful blue-prints for the creation of state-of-the-art port and maritime facilities”. The panel discussion is scheduled for the second day of the conference (2nd May), at The Hilton, Colombo.
As a key member in the panel discussion, Al Shamisi is expected to share his insights on topics such as the building of modern, state-of-the-art terminals, inter-regional competition and the creation of successful business models. The panel will also discuss the value-add of introducing and encouraging commercial or industrial zones near to ports and an overview on handling both future trade growth and managing in times of uncertainty.
Talking on the sidelines of the conference, Al Shamisi said:
“Like the UAE, Sri Lanka finds itself in a great position to take advantage of the growing shift of trade volumes being seen along the West to East seaborne trade routes.”
“ADPC commends the Sri Lankan government for a similar and shared ambition [with Abu Dhabi] to build upon and tap into the huge maritime and logistics potential it can offer, due to its natural geographical advantages.”
“While this conference clearly states the case for Sri Lanka’s emerging status, for Abu Dhabi, our vision is also clear: We want to be a preferred provider and global leader in developing world-class integrated ports and industrial zone services. This is, of course, in line with the government’s directives that are guiding us towards realising the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030.”
Other members involved in the panel discussion include: Dr. Priyath Wickrama, Chairman, Sri Lanka Ports Authority; Tetsuya Kinoshita, Managing Director, Class NK, Japan; Rajiv Agarwal, CEO, Essar Ports Ltd; and Mohan Pandithage, Chairman of Hayleys Advantis Holding Co., Sri Lanka.