should not be scared to take the lead whereever it made sense in the light of
major shipping lines expressing their very keen desire to do business in
Colombo port, a top official of the Sri Lankan container terminal of Colombo
We must dream high
and work towards making those dreams a reality: General Manager Operations of the SAGT
terminal of Colombo port
interview to a influential Colombo based daily he said I am of the view that as a country, we should not
be scared to take the lead wherever it makes sense. Don’t wait till others to
act and reap benefits before us. We must dream high and work towards making
those dreams a reality. We have done it before. We can do it again”, Upul Jinadasa, General Manager Operations of the SAGT
terminal of colombo port said in a wide ranging interview.
At present we are observing a boom in global container shipping industry.
Major shipping lines are very keen in doing business with the Colombo Port. We
must act wisely and make strategic, factual decisions fast to create Port
capacity, enhance related services and position ourselves as the finest Hub
Port in the region.
through right partnerships will help us
needs to establish partnerships with most suitable and strategic global entities
for mutual benefit. Growth achieved through right partnerships will help us
outperform regional port competition, create more value additions to the local
trade and employment opportunities for our youth”.
statement assumes significance in the light of the Sri Lankan government
weighing its options on handing over the prestigious Colombo Port's east
terminal to an Indian entity for purposes of operation of the terminal
“The Covid pandemic
has forced us to revise current practices to avoid physical contact. This
helped us maximize efficiencies while realizing our potential in some key areas
in the Port. As a result, some activities, which we tried hard over many years
before, was digitalized overnight. Digitalization is expected to thrive and
will create many opportunities for our youth. Why not capitalize on it and
transform our country to a much smarter place for doing business?”
Our economy is very
Our economy is very badly affected. Only few sectors have been able to
minimize the impact. Port is one of those sectors, which performed relatively
well, despite facing many unprecedented challenges, he remarked.