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Only a professional to head Sri Lanka Ports Authority, new minister says

May 24, 2017 15:38 PM GMT+0530 | 2 Comment(s)

ECONOMYNEXT – The new Minister of Ports and Shipping Mahinda Samarasinghe has said only a professional will be appointed as chairman of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), which operates the island’s ports and provides navigation services.

No political influence will be entertained in appointing the new chairman of the SLPA, a Ministry of Ports and Shipping statement quoted Samarasinghe as saying at a meeting with port labour unions soon after he took over his new job.

Only “a professionally qualified personage with updated knowledge on the maritime sector will be appointed as chairman of the institution,” he said.

Samarasinghe took over as Ports and Shipping Minister in a recent Cabinet reshuffle.

He replaced Arjuna Ranatunga, a former Sri Lankan cricket captain, who had appointed his brother, former cricketer Dammika Ranatunga, as chairman of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority.

Ranatunga’s move dismayed good governance activists and supporters of the new coalition government formed after the 2015 presidential poll, which had pledged to end the nepotism that had tarnished the former Rajapaksa regime.

President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had pledged that top posts in key government organisations would be filled on a “scientific basis” by an independent committee headed by them.
(COLOMBO, May 24, 2017)


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  1. Silk Route May 25, 01:05 AM

    There are so called consultants, shipping experts in the industry who are not really practical in decision making. They will come just for another feather in the cap. Such people will slow down SLPA. Also SLPA need someone with no nonsense attitude even with the unions, someone who has earned respect in the industry. if not unions will try to twist arms. Unions are there for a reason, not to poke nose in management. Minister's Intent is good, let's wait for the execution.

  2. sacre blieu May 25, 08:22 AM

    At last, and if true to his word, a are step in the right direction. Of course it must be free from any influence whatsoever, although any justified recommendation and verified background supported with recognised valid qualifications is presented. The assumption that no politics will be allowed in the slightest is to be commended. Best wishes Mr. Minister.

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