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Hon. Minister of Port and Highways (Projects) Rohitha Abegunawardhane expressing views at the press briefing at the Ministry of Ports and Highways. Mr.Anuradha Wijekoon - Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Ports and Highways (Ports) and Dr.Priyath B.Wickrama - Chairman of SLPA.

Ministry of Ports and Highways and Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) conducted a special media briefing on 05.03.2013 at the Ministry of Ports and Highways to acknowledge the current development process and financial status of the institution.

Expressing views at the occasion Hon. Minister of Port and Highways (Projects) Rohitha Abegunawardhane said that despite false drawbacks as depicted by certain parties, SLPA in its mission has reached several key areas of success financially as well as in its development.  "The institution is in the right direction to feed the national economy towards bringing   a greater socio-economic prosperity to Sri Lanka.  According to the clear vision presented in 'Mahinda Chinathana' of His Excellency the President Mahinda Rajapaksa, SLPA has taken steps to rapidly develop its ports around the island with several major new projects attached to them.  Magam Ruhunupura mahinda Rajapaksa Port in Hambantota and the Colombo Port Expansion Project are the most important infrastructure projects in this regard. Besides, Galle Port is being  developed as a tourism component and Trincomalee as an industrial venture. Meanwhile, rapid developments  are also taking place at Oluvil and KKS ports aiming a major socio-economic boom in the regions," the Minister said. He added that the efficient maneuvering of loan facilities obtained by the present Government for these developments, has resulted in converting them into assets that drive the development process of Sri Lanka.

Commenting on the latest financial status and improvements  of SLPA,  Dr.Priyath B.Wickrama - Chairman of SLPA stated that the growing efficiency levels and new methodologies attached to the latest technological implementations have reduced wastage and raised productivity levels at the institution. " According to the financial report of SLPA for the year 2012, our revenue has increased from Rs.23 billion in 2009 to Rs.38 billion in 2012. In addition, the operating profit of SLPA which was about Rs. 1.9 billion in 2009 has increased up to Rs.  12.2 billion during the last 4 years. This shows a clear improvement of our operating profit. Accordingly, we have achieved a recording profit that amounts to Rs.4086 million," he said.

Speaking further, Dr.Priyath B. Wickrama Chairman of SLPA said that the performance on container handling at SLPA has also considerably improved. "Our average crane productivity has increased from 18 moves per hour to 23 moves per hour.  Our aim is to reach 25 moves per hour during  this year and to reach 30 moves per hour as an average in 2014," he added.  Dr.Priyath B.Wickrama - Chairman of SLPA also said that the ongoing mega development  projects  will also see their timely accomplishments in the near future.  The 6.4km new breakwater constructed at the Colombo Port Expansion Project (CPEP) has already been completed enabling possibilities for  a smoother opening of the new port in April this year.  A part of the two terminals being built at present, under CPEP will also be open by the end this year.

Mr.Anuradha Wijekoon - Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Ports and Highways (Ports) and Mr.Sarath Kumara - Private Secretary to Hon. Minister of Port and Highways (Projetcs) were also present at this press briefing.
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