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26th January 2012

Advance Facilities to the Shipping Industry from SL Ports Authority, an awareness seminar organized by Sri Lanka Shippers Council

The Sri Lanka Ports Authority is moving forward with its automation program and are promoting the trading community to understand the concept of their new operating system.In keeping line with this, the Sri Lanka Shipper's Council, the apex body represents the voice of the Sri Lankan Shipper's largely, in its continuous pursuit to educate trade, organized an awareness seminar on extension of the NAVI'S system, together with Sri Lanka Ports Authority and Bank of Ceylon on 26th January at the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.

Speaking at the well-attended industry gathering, SLPA Chairman Dr.Priyath Bandu Wickrama explained the current developments and their future plans of the port whilst his team explained the process on how the SLPA would introduce the new extension of the NAVI'S system for the benefit of the import and export trade community. The system will allow all port users in stages to access this system for various facilities after a registration with the SLPA & make payments through internet banking initially through Bank of Ceylon for Port charges on Exports, Imports & subsequently for other port facilities.

The Port Chairman explained that this would benefit all the clients who work with the port to reduce paper work and expedite the process when doing business with the port.

Mr.Dinesh De Silva, Vice Chairman, Shipper's Council speaking at the seminar explained the importance of embracing these facilities and urged the port users to use the facilities in order move ahead as an industry, as a nation to be competitive among the region. He further said that automation is a journey to continue improvement and that SLSC is committed to take this journey forward for the betterment of the port users and the industry.

The proposed system has been tested and a pilot project will be done soon with some selected port users from the industry before going on line. The new system is expected to be introduced by March, 2012.

Sri Lanka Shipper's Council will be committed to support this initiative by SLPA and drive this forward to take the industry to the next level.

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