Sri Lanka to review shipping policy with stakeholders

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Minister of Ports and Shipping Arjuna Ranatunga has held the first meeting of an inter-agency coordination body that will help review its shipping policy with the help of other stakeholders in the sector.

The Inter-Agency Coordination Committee on Ports, Shipping and Maritime Affairs will meet monthly, a statement said.

“The committee would provide us a platform to discusses inter- agency issues and take solutions,” Ranatunga said. “We can discuss our problems at the meeting and provide quick solutions to them.”

The committee aims to formulate and review policies, programs and projects relating to ports, shipping and maritime sector and also enable consultancy coordination between the stake holders of the sector.

The secretary of the Ministry of Ports and Shipping L.P. Jayampathy said the committee was established to enhance communication between agencies in the sector.

“The concept of establishing an inter-agency coordination committee has been recognized as a major requirement by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO),” he said.

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