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Minister of Ports asks officials to draft 100 day programme

Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation, Arjuna Ranatunga recently convened a special meeting for Ministry officials headed by the Secretary to the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Aviation, newly appointed Board of Directors and higher Executive Staff Members of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), officials of the Ceylon Shipping Corporation ltd; and officials headed by Director Merchant Shipping to discuss of drafting of an effective programme for the shipping and port sector to assist the 100 day development programme of the present government headed by President Maithripala Sirisena.

The meeting was held at the Ministry of Port, Shipping and Aviation.

The programme drafted by Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) in this regard collaboratively, will identify both short and long term implementations to effectively launch its developmental and institutional procedures and activities aiming greater development with transparency.

Expressing views at the occasion Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation Arjuna Ranatunga stated that the programme to be drafted in this regard should be a meaningful and effective arrangement that would fulfills the public and national requirements under the 100 day programme of the government.

“President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe are extremely keen on the success of the 100 day programme and the port sector should draw immediate attention to accomplish the final draft following discussions to forward to relevant institutions,” the Minister said.

Matters pertaining to the ongoing developments at the Colombo Port and the Colombo Port Expansion Project, Hambantota MRMR Port, Trincomalee, Galle and Oluvil Ports as well as the proposed cargo village and the Head Office Building for SLPA were also discussed.

(DN - 02022015)

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