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 Bangladesh Shipping Minister visits SLPA.  Expresses confidence in using Sri Lanka as the hub port in SA

Hon. Minister of  Shipping of the People's Republic of Bangladesh Shajahan Khan having discussions with SLPA Chairman - Dr.Priyath B. Wickrama. Managing Director of SLPA Capt.Nihal Keppetipola, the Additional Managing Director - Mr.Norman Weerarathne, Chief Manager (Marketing and Business Development) - Mr.Upul Jayatissa and the members of the Bangladesh delegation

A special delegation from Bangladesh   arrived in Sri Lanka and  headed by Hon. Minister of  Shipping of the People's Republic of Bangladesh Shajahan Khan made an exclusive visit at the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) on 08th June 2011. 

Following fruitful discussions with Dr.Priyath B.Wickrama, Chairman of SLPA, Hon. Shipping Minister of Bangladesh Shajahan Khan expressed confidence of  strengthening ties between the two countries to use Sri Lanka as the maritime hub in South Asia to make viable and the most economic maritime activities from Bangladesh. The Minister also expressed that maritime transactions with Sri Lanka always stand cost effective and economical viable to the volumes handled in Bangladesh.  

The discussions were followed by a presentation of SLPA conducted by Capt.Nihal Keppetipola, Managing Director of SLPA.  

Out of the total annual volume of 1.3 million TEUs handled at Chittagong Port in Bangladesh, 23% (Nearly 300,000TEUs) is  handled via  Port of Colombo.   

The Bangladesh delegation headed by its Shipping Minister Hon. Shajahan Khan also included Mr.Sohrab Hossain Sheikh - Private Secretary to the Minister of Shipping, Mr.Md. Abdul Quddus - Joint Secretary (Commercial) of the Ministry of Shipping, Mr.Istiaque U.Ahmed - assistant Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bangladesh, Mr.Ruhul Amin Tarofdar - Terminal Operator of the Chittagong Port and Mr.Shahadat Hossain - Berth Operator of the Chittagong Port.

 Mr.Norman Weerarathne - the Additional Managing Director of SLPA, Mr.Upul Jayatissa - Chief Manager (Marketing and Business Development) and Mr.Nalin Aponso - Deputy Chief Manager  (Communication and Public Relations) also present at the occasion.

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