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CILT hails the appointment of Dr. Parakrama Dissanayake (FCILT) as new SLPA Chairman

The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (CILT) Sri Lanka welcomes the appointment of one of its illustrious Fellows as the new Chairman of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA). Dr. Parakrama Dissanayake has been associated with CILT for over three decades and was the Chairman of the Sri Lankan branch from 1998 to 2000, one of his many accolades in the Shipping and Logistics sector.

The Institute is heavily encouraged by Dr. Dissanayake’s sentiments that the Hon. Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe has “a tremendous vision for the maritime sector of Sri Lanka; to bring back the old glory to the port sector”. The country will undoubtedly require well trained & qualified professionals to achieve this vision and CILT has been in the forefront of delivering this.  

CILT Sri Lanka extends its heartiest congratulations to Dr. Dissanayake and is confident that he will provide the required leadership to make Sri Lanka the Logistic hub of the region. CILT will continue to work closely with SLPA with the full support and backing of a membership of professionals in supply chain, logistics & transport from over 33 countries covering shipping, aviation, road and rail transport, and logistics.

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CILT International – Notice of AGM 2017

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Together we are Stronger

DHASHMA KARUNARATNE IS ELECTED AS WILAT SRI LANKA’S NEW CHAIRPERSON

Women in Logistics & Transport (WiLAT) Sri Lanka  appointed its new Chairperson Ms Dhashma Karunaratne for year 2017 at the 4th Annual General Meeting held on the 27th April at the National Chamber of Commerce Auditorium amidst a large gathering of the industries eminent personalities.

 

Dhashma takes the helm from the outgoing Co-founder & Chairperson of WiLAT Ms Gayani de Alwis and will execute WiLAT’s advocacy initiatives, working closely with its parent body Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) & Global WiLAT Forum. In her professional career, she has held diverse roles, including Corporate Finance, Business Strategy, Management Accounting & Distributor and Project Management. In her current role she contributes towards the execution of the Commercial and Marketing Strategy of South Asia Gateway Terminals, of Port of Colombo, Sri Lanka and drives initiatives for business growth integrating contractual performance monitoring & compliance. 

 

She is a member of CILT and is currently serving as a Member of the CILT council. She has been an active executive committee member of WiLAT Sri Lanka since its inception in 2013 and has been serving as the Vice Chairperson for Branding and Promotions since 2016. She has successfully executed effective programs to promote and position Women in Logistics & Transport, as an Integral part of the industry and the economy.

 

Ms Anoma Ranasinghe, Ms Niroza Gazalli and Dr Priyangani Jayasundara were elected as the Vice chairpersons and bring with them a wealth of experience and knowledge of the industry. The newly appointed WiLAT Exco, will together stand stronger as a leading female advocacy group in Sri Lanka and the region.

 

The key note speech was delivered by Mr Kingsley Abeywickrema, Managing Director, APL Lanka Limited on the theme “Future outlook of the maritime industry”. He highlighted that all activities relevant to the maritime industry will be automated and integrated in the near future and concluded that Sri Lanka should focus on opening more Principals’ offices and continue to develop our ports and other infrastructure to be more competitive with other countries in the region.

 

Ms Gayani de Alwis, the Co-founder & outgoing Chairperson, in her speech thanked the past committees for supporting her during her four year tenure and wished the newly elected Chairperson and her committee and mentioned that she hopes, WiLAT Sri Lanka will continue the efforts and be the shiniest diamond in the Global CILT crown. She added that at a time when WiLAT Sri Lanka is in a very strong position, she is confident that the new committee under the able leadership of her successor would be able to translate vision and strategy in to world class execution and bring together all females in the Logistics & Transport Industry to create value to the economy.

 

The new Chairperson Dhashma Karunaratne concluded by, standing together in one spirit contending as one, for the empowerment of all women is what she would strive to pursue during her tenure.

 

The key feature of this year’s newly elected council is the presence of women from all sectors (aviation, maritime, land transport and supply chain) of the logistics and transport industry and representation from academic institutions. In order to attract millennial, a young female student representative each from the four universities offering supply chain and logistics degree programs were co-opted once again.

 

WiLAT is the women’s forum of Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and is part of an ever expanding global network. WiLAT is considered as a live wire of the institute. The main objective of WiLAT is to promote and encourage the art and science of logistics and transport among women. Currently WiLAT is present in 18 countries with over 1800 members in the global network which is expanding rapidly. WiLAT Sri Lanka is one of the five pioneering fora of the global network and was established on 21st March 2013. WiLAT membership is open to all women working in public and private sector and in academia in the areas of logistics, transport, supply chain and supporting functions in organizations. WiLAT Sri Lanka forum is expected to provide a platform for women engaged in the industry to maximize their true potential both professionally and personally WiLAT Sri Lanka since its formation in 2013, has played an active role in promoting gender diversity in the logistics and transport sector through value enhancing activities.

For more details on WiLAT, visit their web page – http://www.ciltsl.com/wilat/

 

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CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF LOGISTICS AND TRANSPORT SRI LANKA HOLDS ITS 33RD AGM

Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Sri Lanka held its 33rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 29th March 2017 at the Kingsbury Hotel attended by a large gathering, the highest ever recorded in an AGM in the history of CILT Sri Lanka. This year also marked as the first AGM where all members were elected by a secret ballot.  Capt Lasitha Cumaratunga was reelected as the Chairman for a second term. The three Vice Chairpersons elected were Dr T. Lalithasiri Gunaruwan, Ms Gayani de Alwis, and Dr Ms Namalie Sirisoma. Mr Channaka de Alwis and Mr Upali Gunawardena were elected as the Secretary and Treasurer respectively.

The key feature of the newly elected Council is the presence of six females in the CILT Council which was a repeat of 2015. CILT is actively promoting gender diversity in the industry through their women’s forum, Women in Logistics and Transport (WiLAT).  The election of women in the Council augurs well towards this endeavor.

Chairman Capt Cumaratunga in his AGM address spoke about various activities that CILT conducted in the past year, the most notable being the highly successful International Conference which was well attended by the logistics fraternity of the country. Lasitha especially commended the work of WiLAT and Young Professionals’ Forum (YPF) for continuously making an impact in their respective spheres conducting value adding programs and extended his support to exceed their potential in the journey ahead. Capt Cumaratunga also spoke about CILT’s plan on unveiling the new education program series targeting new entrants to the industry and all others who are interested in professional development and support capacity building in the country for logistics and transport industry. He finally thanked the outgoing Council for their support rendered in the past year.

In his acceptance speech, Capt Cumaratunga elaborated his plans for the new term, stating that CILT Sri Lanka must focus its efforts to make the logistics & transport sector attractive to the young talent of the country, influencing investments in innovation, education and green technology. CILT, as a symbol of Logistics and Transport industry, has a vital role to play in this aspect, he said.

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) is a leading global professional body associated with the logistics and transport industry. Established in UK in 1919 and having received the Royal Charter in 1926, the Institute has an impressive history and is always adapting to stay consistent with current logistics and transport practices. The Institute holds unparalleled international recognition and works towards achieving its objectives of promoting and encouraging the art and science of logistics and transport among its members through its educational and continuous development programs. CILT Sri Lanka began functioning as a territory of CILT from 2013. This enables CILT Sri Lanka to elect its own membership, accredit educational institutes and conduct educational programmes. With a membership of over 33,000 from 32 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, both locally and globally.

CILT Sri Lanka Council 2017/18

Seated from left to right

Mr H A Premaratne (FCILT), Prof Amal Kumarage (FCILT), Dr Lalith Edirisinghe (CMILT), Mr Channaka de Alwis (CMILT) (Hon Secretary), Ms Gayani de Alwis (CMILT) (Vice Chairperson), Capt Lasitha Cumaratunga (CMILT) (Chairman), Dr Ms Namali Sirisoma (CMILT) (Vice Chairperson), Mr Upali Gunawardena (CMILT) (Hon Treasurer), Mr Saliya Senanayake (FCILT), Mr Niral Kadawatharatchie (CMILT) (Immediate Past Chairman)

Standing from left to right

Dr Indika Sigera (CMILT), Mr C J C Rodrigo (FCILT), Eng Nishal Samarasekera (CMILT), Mr Henry de Silva (CMILT), Ms Chandrika Nalheer (CMILT), Mr Chanaka Gunatilake (CMILT), Mr Chaminda Perera (CMILT), Mr Ibrahim Saleem (CMILT), Dr T Sivakumar (CMILT), Dr Tissa Liyanage (CMILT)

Others who were not present

Dr T Lalithasiri Gunaruwan (FCILT) (Vice Chairman), Mr Tissa Wickramasinghe (FCILT), Dr Ms Ganga Samarasekara (CMILT)

Chairman of CILT Capt Lasitha Cumaratunga addressing the gathering

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CILT International President’s Thoughts

My thoughts as President as I begin my first year.

I would like to take a moment to share with you my thoughts about the Institute and our goals for the next two years and beyond.

The Institute today is a strong, outward looking organisation. Our educational suite continues to help industry professionals at all levels to grow. But our true strength is our membership. Our collective knowledge, experience and skills form an invaluable resource, sought out and relied upon by governments and professionals the world over.

Individual Membership

This strength cannot be taken for granted. There are countries where the Institute has so far fallen short of its potential, and this must not be allowed to continue. We must redouble our efforts to expand, seeking to understand the unique demands, opportunities and challenges these regions face. We must learn to address them effectively and efficiently, and ensure our help is widely accessible. Only then will our Institute grow the way it has in other countries, becoming the same keystone membership organisation in the logistics and transport industry it is around the world.

Furthermore, we must ensure we remain relevant to those already in our family. Continuing to offer professional development for all our members not only enables us to grow personally, but is vital to the future of the Institute.

Corporate Membership

Although a diverse organisation, professionally and geographically, we must do more to ensure all sectors are represented, be that road, rail, maritime or aviation, planning or delivery. Widening our membership and deepening our understanding improves not only ourselves but our ability to help others. Our UK territory has been very successful in this regard. Their policy of engaging with the top fifty national companies has paid dividends and is a practice I would see replicated throughout the Institute.

Women and Young Professionals

As I said in my mission statement we must not just enable today’s leaders but nurture tomorrow’s. Therefore, I want to see every council reporting to the 2017 Convention that there is a least one Young Professional on their National Council. However, we must not just ask ourselves what we can teach our younger members, but what we can learn from them. Engagement with social media and other platforms, as well as technology in general is critical to anyone working within our industry. We must look to harness these emerging skillsets to ensure we remain effective and relevant in a changing world.

Diversification of our Institute means not just a balanced age range, but a balanced gender ratio. I am greatly encouraged by the excellent work of WiLAT and urge all branches and territories to study the positive changes they are making. Learning from and building on their experiences and achievements will help our organisation better reflect the world in which it exists.

Our Strategy, Business Plans and our Brand

Our international identity has been enhanced considerably since the universal adoption of our unique logo in Dublin some years ago. We must ensure we gain traction on our global reputation and increase our political co-operation. By staying true to our values, relying on our strengths and listening to the individual needs of our members, their colleagues and the organisations they work with, we can ensure we engage not as lobbyists but as partners and trusted advisors.

As you will be aware, it is now incumbent on all councils to provide business plans to the Secretariat in order to promote self-reliance, sustainability and expansion. As an organisation, we must ensure we meet the same high standards we seek to project around the world.

Part of the work laying the foundations for a prosperous and sustainable future is to encourage and engage with talent wherever we see it. Today’s Members are tomorrow’s Fellows, but we must not leave succession planning for another day, nor allow our member base to become imbalanced. We must encourage the brightest and best to involve themselves further in our organisation, becoming Fellows and taking on the responsibility of leading our Institute into the future.

Convention 2017

One of the highlights of the CILT calendar is the Annual Convention. This year we head to Macao, and I look forward to meeting many of you and sharing experiences in such a vibrant place.

Reflective of the changing nature of our industry, the Convention is being organised around the theme ‘Smart Journey, Belt and Road’. I am excited to hear first-hand how technology continues to change not only what we do, but how we think about things.

We are a diverse family and we have strength in numbers. Meeting together creates one of the few truly global conversations in the logistics and transport industry, and a unique opportunity to exchange ideas and share best practice. I hope you are all able to attend.

The Future

Over our first 100 years, we as an Institute have been on a remarkable journey. We can be proud of our achievements and our successes. In the decades to come we must stay true to these ideals, grow to encompass more countries, continue to set the industry standard in education and qualifications, and remain the first choice for all transport and logistics professionals the world over.

Kevin Byrne, Lt Col (Retired) BA, MSc, CertSL, FCILT

International President

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