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WiLAT IS COMMITTED TOWARDS IMPACTING THE TRANSFORMATIONAL JOURNEY OF YOUTH, IN BECOMING THE LEADERS OF TOMORROW – WiLAT SRI LANKA CHAIRPERSON

Women in Logistics and Transport (WiLAT) Sri Lanka is the women’s forum of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Sri Lanka; dedicated to promote & empower women in logistics and transport spearheaded CILT Sri Lanka inaugural membership drive at General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) auditorium on 10th August 2018.

This membership drive was organized to create awareness among the undergraduates of the logistics and transport universities the importance of a professional qualification and to give visibility of the career paths available in the diverse logistics, transport and supply chain industry.

Participants for the Membership Drive

Dr. Namali Sirisoma with the YPF Sri Lanka team

Channaka De Alwis, Vice Chairman, CILT Sri Lanka, Mr. Dimuthu Piyasena, Deputy General Manager, Sales Training & Development, AIA Insurance Lanka, Gayani de Alwis, Chairperson, CILT Sri Lanka, Maj Gen Indunil Ranasinghe, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Defence and Administration), KDU, Rear Admiral Jagath Ranasinghe, Vice Chancellor, KDU, Dhashma Karunaratne, Chairperson, WiLAT Sri Lanka, Dr. Namali Sirisoma, Vice Chairperson, CILT Sri Lanka

Dhashma Karunaratne receiving the First Application

Rear Admiral Jagath Ranasinghe, Vice Chancellor of KDU was the Chief Guest of the evening and Chairperson CILT Sri Lanka, Gayani de Alwis (CMILT), Deputy General Manager of Sales Training & Development at AIA Insurance Lanka PLC, Dimuthu Piyasena and Chairman of Young Professionals’ Forum (YPF) Sri Lanka, Biman Hettiarachchi were knowledge sharers of the event. Council members of CILT Sri Lanka, Channaka De Alwis (CMILT) and Dhashma Karunaratne (CMILT), Deputy Vice Chancellor (Defence and Administration) of KDU, Maj Gen Indunil Ranasinghe, Dean Faculty of Defence and Strategic Studies of KDU, Colonel Wipula Ihalage and Dean Faculty of Management, Social Sciences and Humanities of KDU, Dr. Namali Sirisoma (CMILT) attended the event along with academic staff of the Department of Management and Finance of KDU, military officers of the Faculty of Defence and Strategic Studies of KDU and transport and logistics undergraduates from local universities.

Chairperson of WiLAT Sri Lanka, Dhashma Karunaratne welcomed the gathering and commenced her address by quoting Nelson Mandela, “Youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow”. She further stated, however this transformational journey has many challenges. WiLAT together with Young Professionals’ Forum is committed towards making a significant contribution in this demography. She further stated that WiLAT Sri Lanka mentoring programme, “IGNITE” has been adopted by WiLAT Global and is an example of WiLAT Sri Lanka’s passion towards youth empowerment.

Dimuthu Piyasena made a key contribution by equipping the young audience the keys to understand their inner self and how to leverage on your own understanding for better decision making in both life and career.

Gayani de Alwis outlined the advantage of a professional qualification emphasizing the uniqueness of CILT, which is the only Chartered international professional body in the country for professionals engaged in logistics, transport and supply chain. She further highlighted the focus of CILT to promote continuous professional education in the sectors to uplift professionalism in the industry while creating value to the economy in the journey of making Sri Lanka a logistics hub in the region.

Preceded by senior speakers, Biman Hettiarachchi, a young professional in logistics industry shared his own personal journey at CILT and how he has reached the pinnacle in this forum within a short time period of 6 years, and is today the Chairman of YPF Sri Lanka and has become the regional representative of South Asia to YPF International. He demonstrated the commitment of CILT to build leaders by transforming new entrants to the industry.

Gayara Jayasuriya who is currently following her Masters in Australia, connected virtually to showcase her experience as a young co-opted member, executive committee member of WiLAT Sri Lanka and spoke about the strong mentorships she continues to receive from the women’s forum.

Undergraduates from KDU and Ocean University made the evening impactful and inspiring by showcasing their multi talents through entertainment acts. 

Speaking of the event, Project Chair Dr. Namali Sirisoma was delighted with the support and participation received by all logistics and transport universities and was encouraged by the success of the inaugural membership drive of CILT Sri Lanka organized by WiLAT Sri Lanka with the support of the vibrant YPF Sri Lanka.

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CILT SL National Logistics and Transport Awards 2018

You are rarely seen, but still you are important – PM

“You are the important cog in the machine. Without you the machine cannot work. Every rupee you save on logistics and transport make you that much competitive. We are depending on you to play that important role of making Sri Lanka a high middle-income country.”

It is a land-mark event in the history of logistics and transport in Sri Lanka – Hon. Minister

“We have a lot of burning problems in transport. In the next award ceremony, you should give an award to personnel who will bring innovative solutions to our transport system”.

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Sri Lanka, popularly known as CILT Sri Lanka, organized the much awaited, first ever, National Logistics and Transport Awards ceremony in Sri Lanka. The most colourful event in the Logistics and Transport sector ever in Sri Lanka was recently concluded at the Kingsbury with the participation of top level government representatives, industry players, policy makers, professionals and academia.

The Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Hon. Ranil Wickramasinghe, who graced the occasion as the Chief Guest stated that “Every rupee you save on logistics and transport make you that much more competitive. We are depending on you to play that important role of making Sri Lanka a high middle-income country.”

He further added that, “Without internal connectivity, the ports and the airports would not bring to us the final benefits. Logistics matters very much. It was the life blood of the ancient times. It is the lifeblood today. You all are playing an important role. You are helping us to create that employment, and its professionalism. It shows your dedication and the fact that your institute has been from the beginning being committed to build up the professionalism in the industry as the way of expansion. Because of you we will have a higher level of professionalism in the logistics and transport industry.”

The Minister of Transport and Aviation, Hon. Nimal Siripala de Silva, in his address, pointed out that an award ceremony of this nature will bring much strength to Sri Lankan professionals and motivate them. He further stated, “You all are very much superior to many people in the world in this trade. [Whilst] advocating the free market economy, we are there to ensure that the Sri Lankans and the people of the soil are protected, benefited, and enriched.”

From left: CILT Sri Lanka Past chairman Mr. Niral Kadawathaarattchi, State Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs Hon. Dr. Harsha De Silva, CILT SL Chairperson Mrs. Gayani De Alwis and Secretary Dr. Lalith Edirisinghe

Mr. Mohan Pandithage, who has served the Logistics and Transport industry for five decades, was awarded with most prestigious CILT Sri Lanka Pinnacle Life-time Award by the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka. The Platinum Award from the Corporate Category was claimed by the South Asia Gateway Terminals (SAGT) having given a close battle with the Gold Award winner Hayleys Advantis. The Silver Award was secured by Unilever Sri Lanka. Recognizing the contribution by government institutes, Sri Lanka Transport Board won a Bronze Award. The three Merit Awards were awarded to CL Synergy, GAC Group, and the Colombo International Nautical and Engineering College (CINEC Campus).

Dr. Edirisinghe quoting Billie Jean King, stating that “A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning. We had many champions who were unable to claim the Platinum. Excitement is the beauty of an impartial judgement based on claims made in the application forms of nominees.” According to the panel of judges, the key area that need improvement is the clarity and visibility of documentation of the applicants. Some applications were either rejected or received lower marks for the presentation due to this issue. This is quite natural as the award competitions that simultaneously consider both qualitative and quantitative appraisals are quite new in the logistics and transport sector in Sri Lanka. The awards committee aims adopt new mechanisms to address these shortcomings of applicants in the next year. “We are equally concerned about others who were ‘afraid of winning’; and thus, did not submit their applications,” commented Dr. Edirisinghe. CILT Sri Lanka looks forward to seeing more participation from those who contribute to the Logistics and Transport sector in next year’s awards ceremony, irrespective of the financial strength or the human capital of the organization.

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WiLAT Sri Lanka Visits Cinnamon Air Hangar and Terminal

Women in Logistics and Transport (WiLAT) Sri Lanka; a forum of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Sri Lanka organized a field visit to Cinnamon Air Hangar and Terminal at Katunayake recently, with the objective of providing an opportunity for young professionals in the logistics and transport fields to get a better understanding of the domestic elements in the local aviation industry. The visit was a major item under the educational category in the 2018/2019 WiLAT agenda. Logistics undergraduates, WiLAT members, and friends of WiLAT joined the field visit.

Cinnamon Air is a leading domestic air taxi service offering both daily scheduled flights and luxury private charter flights to more than 15 destinations covering all parts of Sri Lanka. The main terminal and hangar of the airline are located at Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake while the commercial office is in Colombo Fort. The airline is managed by Saffron Aviation (Pvt) Ltd.

The fleet of Cinnamon Air consists of one Luxury Cessna 208B (8 passengers) Grand Caravan and two Cessna 208 (8 passengers) Amphibian Caravans enabling water bodies to be used as runway facilities (Waterdromes). The airline has been in operation for 5 years and all flights operate in codeshare with SriLankan Airlines which enables passengers to book flights through SriLankan Airlines network around the globe as well. The close relationship with the national carrier is further demonstrated by one of the Cessna 208 Caravan Amphibians carrying SriLankan Air Taxi branding on its hull.

The group who joined the visit were able to observe the engineering operations in the hangar, taking off and landing operations at the terminal as well as the control center operations while they are being carried out, marking the visit as a successful encounter.

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GAYANI DE ALWIS APPOINTED AS WiLAT GLOBAL VICE CHAIRPERSON

Chairperson CILT Sri Lanka, Gayani de Alwis was recently appointed as the Vice Chairperson and member of the Global Women in Logistics and Transport (WiLAT) Steering Committee. Her appointment was formally announced at the CILT international convention held in Wroclaw, Poland in June. The new WiLAT global operational guideline was adopted for governance with the new operating structure at the convention. De Alwis will be responsible for South Asia. WiLAT global vice Chairs will facilitate regional collaboration, by working with individual countries in the respective regions to expand the footprint of WiLAT, actively drive the four strategic thrusts of WiLAT, membership growth and share best practices.

Gayani was the former Director, Customer Service and Management Committee member of Unilever Sri Lanka Limited, responsible for Supply Chain. During her 19.5 year tenure with Unilever locally and overseas, she has worked in Supply Chain, R&D and Quality Assurance prior to her early retirement to start her own consulting and lecturing career. She was the first female Director for Supply Chain and the first Global Lead Auditor appointed from South Asia in Unilever.

Gayani holds a MBA from the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM) of University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka and MSc in Food Process Engineering from University of Reading, UK. She did her undergraduate studies in Chemical Engineering from University of Moratuwa before moving to UK to complete her Masters. She is also a Certified Supply Chain Manager (CSCM) from the International Supply Chain Education Alliance (ISCEA), USA.

Gayani is the Chairperson and Chartered member of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Sri Lanka. She is the second female to be appointed as Chairperson after 27 years. She was the Founding Chairperson of WiLAT Sri Lanka. She is the global lead for promoting the mentorship strategic thrust for WiLAT globally. She is a Fellow of Institute of Supply and Materials Management (ISMM). She is a member of The Sri Lanka Institute of Directors (SLID), Organisation of Professional Associations of Sri Lanka (OPA) and Women’s Chamber of Industry and Commerce (WCIC). She was also a Board Advisor for AIESEC SL, the international student body. She was recently awarded the “Women at the Helm Award for Most Outstanding Female Business Leader of the Year” at PIMA National Management Awards and “Distinguished Mentor and Role Model” award from WiLAT Nigeria for her efforts in promoting mentoring globally. She is a strong advocate of women’s empowerment and actively engages in mentoring and coaching.

WiLAT is the women’s forum of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), which is the leading global professional body associated with the Logistics and Transport industry. WiLAT was formed in Sri Lanka in 2013. CILT was established in 1919 in the UK and having received the Royal Charter in 1926, the Institute has an exciting history but is always adapting to stay consistent with current Logistics and Transport issues. The Institute’s Patron is the Princess Royal. The Institute holds unparalleled international recognition and works towards achieving its objective of promoting, encouraging and co-ordinating the study of the science and art of Logistics and Transport through its membership and educational qualifications. With a global membership of over 34,000 from 34 countries across the globe, CILT provides a professional identity to those in the ever-expanding Logistics and Transport industry. CILT Sri Lanka was established in 1984 and incorporated by the parliamentary act no. 08 of 2000. In 2012, The Council of Trustees of CILT upgraded the status of CILT Sri Lanka from a Branch to a Territory. Presently, CILT Sri Lanka has over 1000 members who are highly qualified in the Logistics and Transport fields. CILT Sri Lanka is governed by a Council consisting of professionals representing all segments of the Logistics and Transport industry and consists of two fora namely, WiLAT Sri Lanka and Young Professionals’ Forum (YPF) Sri Lanka dedicated to promoting women and young professionals in the Logistics and Transport industry respectively.

WiLAT Global Deputy Convenor, Vicky Koo, Global Convenor, Aisha Ali Ibrahim with Vice Chair Gayani de Alwis at the Convention

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CILT SRI LANKA CONDUCTS A MEMBERSHIP DRIVE AT NATIONAL TRANSPORT COMMISSION

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Sri Lanka held its first membership drive for the year 2018 at the National Transport Commission (NTC) on 28 June. Chairperson, CILT Sri Lanka, Ms. Gayani de Alwis, CMILT, Council Members, CILT Sri Lanka, Mr. H. A. Premaratne, FCILT and Dr. Priyangani Jayasundara, CMILT attended the event. The NTC membership drive was organised by Council Member, CILT Sri Lanka, Ms. Vijitha Weerasinghe, CMILT, Director Planning, NTC.

Chairperson, CILT Sri Lanka, in her welcome address mentioned that, CILT is the only Chartered international professional body in the country for professionals engaged in logistics, transport and supply chain and its main aim is to promote continuous professional education in the sectors to uplift professionalism and create value to the economy. It was a great day for both CILT and NTC, due to fact that Eng. M. A. P. Hemachandra, Chairman, NTC took the first step in becoming a member of CILT Sri Lanka. Dr. D. M. S. Dissanayake, Director General, NTC too attended the membership drive.

Chairperson during her address further emphasised that CILT’s role is both passenger and goods transport in all modes of transport in road & rail, maritime and aviation and highlighted that NTC plays a vital role in Sri Lanka’s road transport sector and invited all NTC professionals to come forward and work together with CILT Sri Lanka to develop the industry.

Longstanding fellow member of CILT Sri Lanka, Mr. H. A. Premaratne shared how his career journey in the transport sector, with added CILT professional qualifications helped him to climb up the career ladder from a graduate executive to General Manager, CTB, Director Planning, Ministry of Transport and Highways and competent authority for private bus transport for central province. He urged all those members of CILT and who were present to invest in continuous professional education and become members of CILT.

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) is a leading global professional body associated with the logistics, transport and supply chain industry. The Institute holds unparalleled international recognition and works towards achieving its objectives of promoting, encouraging and co-ordinating the study of the science and art of logistics and transport through its membership and its educational qualifications. With a global membership of over 34,000 in 34 countries across the globe, CILT provides a professional identity to those in the ever expanding logistics and transport sectors. It is a strong, active and a unified professional association that is able to speak with authority on strategic issues affecting businesses and people in the industry and support their careers.

NTC Chairman handing over the National Transport Statistics 2016 to CILT Sri Lanka Chairperson

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Ms. Vijitha Weerasinghe, CMILT (Director Planning, NTC), Dr. D. M. S. Dissanayake (Director General, NTC), Ms. Gayani de Alwis, CMILT (Chairperson, CILT Sri Lanka), Eng. M. A. P. Hemachandra (Chairman, NTC), Dr. Priyangani Jayasundara, CMILT (Council Member, CILT Sri Lanka), Mr. H. A. Premaratne, FCILT (Council Member, CILT Sri Lanka), Mr. Ajith Samaratunga (Secretary General, CILT Sri Lanka)

Membership drive in session

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CILT Sri Lanka holds its First Logistics Leaders’ Evening for the Year for the Aviation Industry

The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (CILT) Sri Lanka held its first Logistics Leaders’ Evening for the year on the 19th of June, themed “Future Challenges in Aviation”. The event commenced at 5.30 p.m. with light refreshments and was held at the Victorian Hall of The Kingsbury, Colombo and was attended by over 150 participants from a wide spectrum of the industry.

The eminent speakers for the evening were Mr. H. M. C. Nimalsiri, Director General of Civil Aviation and Chief Executive Officer, Civil Aviation Authority Sri Lanka; Mr. Johanne Jayaratne, Executive Director, Airport & Aviation Services Sri Lanka; Capt. Suren Ratwatte, Chief Executive Officer, SriLankan Airlines and Mr. Romesh David, Director, Cinnamon Air.

Chairperson CILT Sri Lanka, Gayani de Alwis, CMILT during her welcome address stressed that CILT’s role is both passenger and goods transport in all modes of transport including aviation and urged all aviation professionals to engage with CILT to develop the industry. She also mentioned about CILT’s collaborative education offering with SriLankan Aviation College.

Aside from the detailed overviews of the aviation industry as a whole, there were several common topics that were identified as challenges for the aviation industry and specifically Sri Lanka such as; the political instability and frequent policy changes, inadequate integration with other institutions for national level strategies, development of airport infrastructure lagging behind, travel growth resulting in traffic at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) already exceeding planned capacity, ground handling rates at BIA being reported to be higher than those at other regional airports, etc.

However, some positive trends were also shared with global air travel numbers being better than ever before and that the Asia-Pacific region will dominate that growth (as seen in the below charts). Furthermore, the processing, sharing and distributing of data, be it internally to staff within an airport or direct to consumers, providing real-time updates on the weather, delayed aircrafts – any issues in general are allowing for better communication all around and more effective strategy planning moving forward. The theory is that the real-time updates integrated within an efficient management system are enabling reaction methods to real-time challenges to be drastically improved upon. 

What was most exciting were the insights into the future of the aviation industry such as Dubai airport to go passport-free with Blockchain Technology where inbound passengers will get off their flight and head to baggage claim, with the process of manual verification through waiting in queues eliminated. Also single token travel, facial recognition technologies, biometrics – whichever name you choose for the topic will have a huge impact. Single token travel looks to become a staple of air travel in the very near future.

With extremely exciting developments such as the work Happy Flow is achieving at Aruba as well as releases at several of the major airports and airlines around the world all evidence the fact that there are significant investments in biometric technology everywhere. 

The speeches were followed by a very interesting panel discussion moderated by Ms. Kamaya Perera, Principal, KPMG Sri Lanka – Knowledge Partner of CILT Sri Lanka.

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) is the leading global professional body associated with the logistics and transport industry. The Institute holds unparalleled international recognition and works towards achieving its objective of promoting, encouraging and coordinating the study of the science and art of logistics and transport through its membership, educational qualifications and other events. With a global membership of over 34,000 from 34 countries across the globe, CILT provides a professional identity to those in the ever-expanding logistics and transport sector. It is a strong, active and a unified professional association that is able to speak with authority on strategic issues affecting businesses and people in the industry and support their careers.

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Panel Discussion in action

H. M. C. Nimalsiri

Johanne Jayaratne

Capt. Suren Ratwatte

Romesh David

Panel Discussion in action

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