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‘Indian Ocean Economy becoming global growth pole’
Monday, October 15, 2018–01:00
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, highlighted the need to maintain Freedom of Navigation and Freedom of Digital Connectivity in the Indian Ocean for the region to grow and prosper and the need for a shared understanding in order to maintain peace and security.
The Prime Minister was delivering the keynote address at “The Indian Ocean: Defining Our Future” conference in Colombo where representatives of 40 participated to discuss the future of the Indian Ocean.
The Premier said that with increased focus on Indian Ocean it has the potential to become a growth pole in the world economy in the future.
Meanwhile, State Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs Dr. Harsha de Silva, Chairman of the Task Force that organized the Conference, said that the Indian Ocean economy is rapidly becoming a global growth pole in an uncertain world beset by economic risks.
“The region’s economic expansion needs to be inclusive, broad- based and environmentally sustainable so that we leave a meaningful legacy for future generations. Strategic mistrust and non-traditional security threats (such as maritime crime, over-fishing, pollution and protection of undersea cables for the digital economy) are significant challenges to achieving regional peace and prosperity; and the rules-based international maritime order centred on UNCLOS needs strengthening and reinforcing for the benefit of the Indian Ocean littoral states and maritime users,” he said.
It was indicated that there would be a report of the Conference that contains elements forming the building blocks for a possible statement, which could be agreed to by Indian Ocean littoral states and major maritime users at a Ministerial Conference in Sri Lanka next year on the future of the Indian Ocean.
Representatives for the event included, key senior officials from India, South Africa, USA, China, Germany, Netherlands, Singapore, Indonesia and Japan together with key think tank representatives from the region and beyond. The UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean Ambassador Peter Thomson was also in Colombo for the Conference. President Maithripala Sirisena also participated.
The Conference provided an inclusive space for discussion and consensus building for littorals and users of the Indian Ocean. It explored four particular areas including the Indian Ocean’s future as the new global growth pole, safety and security at sea, sustainable and low-pollution development, and stability of the Indian Ocean within a rules-based approach.
“The Indian Ocean: Defining Our Future” Conference was organised by the Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Global Maritime Crime Programme of the UNODC and the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies (LKI).
New initiatives to boost Hambantota port
Monday, October 15, 2018–01:00
After the lease of the Hambantota harbour to the Chinese company, 146 ships has arrived and over 100,000 vehicles unloaded within six months, Capt. Ravindra Jayawickreme, CEO of Hambantota International Port Services (HIPS) said at a review meeting held in the administrative building of the harbour recently.
Jayawickreme said that, they have put a strong foundation to the harbour operations and would invest more in the next six months to add more infrastructure facilities. The management contemplates converting the harbour into a multi tasked facility with many optional services including container handing, supplying peripheral oil and other services to ships.
Furthermore, he said that, 146 ships have arrived in the first six months of 2018. They have unloaded and loaded 106,135 vehicles. Similarly, a number of cruise ships have arrived with tourists. The port has also set a CCTV camera system to strengthen the security and has taken measures provide facilities for customers including clearance facilities.
China says Hambantota Port has great potential for expansion
July 26, 2017–07:33
China says the Hambantota Port has great potential for future expansion, with its hinterland covering the South Asia and East Africa, and as a maritime hub in the region.
The Board of China Merchants Port Holdings Company Limited announced in Hong Kong that, on 25th July 2017, CMPort, Sri Lanka Ports Authority (“SLPA”), the Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (“GOSL”), Hambantota International Port Group (Private) Limited (“HIPG”) and Hambantota International Port Services Company (Private) Limited (“HIPS”) have agreed on the terms of the Concession Agreement in relation to the development, management and operation of the Hambantota Port. […]