Sri Lanka Ports Authority gets new Board

EconomyNext – Sri Lanka’s new government has revamped the board of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority under which some of the former regime’s biggest infrastructure projects came, officials said.

Lakdas Panagoda, a Sri Lankan living in the United Kingdom, has been appointed SLPA Chairman and Asitha Wijesekera, a master marine as its Vice Chairman.

Wijesekera is also Managing Director of Seaserve LLC, a maritime consultancy based in Baltimore, Maryland specialising in manning, education and training.

He was previously President of Colombo International Nautical & Engineering College which trains seafarers, having served as its Chief Executive and Head of School.

Wijesekara has also been chairman of the National Seafarers’ Welfare Board in Sri Lanka.

The new government has said it is investigating several projects of the former regime, including the 1.3 US billion dollar Chinese-funded Colombo Port City project as well as the Hambantota port project.


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