ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Shippers’ Council said it has appointed Russell Juriansz as the chairman of the council for the year 2021/2022 at its 51st annual general meeting held on July 14, 2021.
The council also appointed Imalka Kumarapeli as the first vice-chairman and Trisherman Frink as the second vice-chairman.
Shippers’ Council represents freight-forwarding importers and exporters in the country. It was started in 1966.
According to Juriansz’s LinkedIn profile, he currently serves as the general manager for logistics at Mabroc Teas Sri Lanka.
“On behalf of the Importers and Exporters in the country, Sri Lanka Shippers’ Council is committed to prioritizing some key issues which have been long overdue for many years. Therefore, Sri Lanka shippers’ Council will do its utmost to get the Trade Facilitation and the National Single Window agenda to the top of the list together along with other critical needs for the Trade,” Juriansz said in his speech as the new chairman of the council at the council’s AGM.
The key issues faced by importers and exporters of the country according to Juriansz are “need of good equipment due to the drop in imports due to restrictions, space, delays in vessel schedules, higher freight rates and an acute shortage of foreign exchange in the country.”
He says the council will engage with all stakeholders, policymakers, and other associations to minimize the challenges faced by the stakeholders and to achieve trade benefits to Sri Lanka and make it a better destination in terms of ease of doing business.
The country currently ranks at the 99th position in Ease of Doing Business destinations and he hopes to move it to be within the first 50.
“Therefore, I request that the government looks favorably at the needs of the exporters and importers, by realigning its foreign exchange policy, granting incentives to increase their capacity and to conduct business with ease,” the new chairman said. (Colombo/Jul22/2021)