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CILT Sri Lanka Holds International Conference 2018

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Sri Lanka hosted its Annual International Conference (IC) 2018 titled ‘Staying Relevant in a Digitally Connected Future’ in Colombo recently focusing on the impact of disruptive technologies on logistics and transport, where experts shared insights on how new trends, including robotics, autonomous vehicles, drones, blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI) and big data affect the sector.

In the opening remarks of the conference, CILT Sri Lanka Chairperson Gayani De Alwis pointed out that CILT is the only Chartered professional body in Sri Lanka for professionals engaged in transport, logistics and supply chain. We are celebrating 100 years next year. We have a global presence with over 34,000 members, in 34 countries. We cater to both passenger and freight transport and related infrastructure in land transport, maritime, aviation and supply chain and logistics.

The main objective of CILT IC is to bring together the logistics and transport fraternity to expose them to new developments in the industry through an expert panel of speakers and to provide networking opportunities. CILT always keep abreast with the latest trends and address these through topical themes to create awareness among our membership at our IC.

We are in times of great change as well as challenges. Digitally driven disruptions are changing our lives and the way we do business. Digital connectivity is transforming transport, logistics and supply chain. Hence, our theme for this year’s international conference, ‘Staying Relevant in a Digitally Connected Future’.  

She thanked the Hon. Minister of transport and civil aviation for having accepted the invitation as the Chief Guest. She experessed her gratitude to him for the support by his presence at the CILT Sri Lanka’s inaugural National Excellence Awards and sought support in the forthcoming Transport Day, which CILT Sri Lanka intends to organize with the support of the ministry. She also mentioned the need to improve Sri Lanka’s global standing in the transport and logistics sector as the recent World Bank’s Connect to Compete report, Sri Lanka has been ranked 94 out of 186 in the 2018 LPI ranking, which needs to be improved as a prirotiy to improve logistics competitiveness.

She also stressed that CILT Sri Lanka understand the role a professional body should play to improve the logistics friendliness of the country and are ready to work with other trade bodies and government agencies to support the government’s development agenda to improve the logistics and transport industry to improve Sri lanka’s global ranking.  

“We have seen new digital entrants like Alibaba, Airbnb, Uber and our very own PickMe and Kapruka etc. are challenging the established and winning. Humans, on average touch the mobile 300 times a day, not only to make calls but to do many other things like paying the bills, buying goods, tracking our route etc. In the world of IoT, our refrigerators will decide and order things by observing our consumption patterns”

“When you need something, one can order on line and it gets to your doorstep in few minutes through drone delivery. We are seeing rail travel at 300 km/h. Yet in Sri Lanka we are still between an analog and a digital world experiencing the discomfort of the former and hoping for the latter. To stay relevant means we understand what is available, what scenarios are emerging and what we need to do for the change to happen. In CILT Sri Lanka, we want to ensure that our membership stay current and relevant and our members who are the leaders in the industry here are equally equipped to bring about the desired change. We can’t sit at the side, but need to be at the center and embrace the change to transform our selves through digitalization, which is a great equalizer for a small island nation like SL. We must disrupt ourselves before we get disrupted” she opined.

The sessions that followed included presentations by eminent though-leaders and industry experts. Professor Rohan Samarajiva delivered the Keynote oration titled “ICT contribution to Sri Lanka’s and the region’s logistics sector”, by sharing his thoughts on current/potential digitalisation changes that are taking place in Sri Lanka in relation to the local logistics and transportation industry.

Ravind Mithe, Principal Consultant from KPMG, delivered an insightful presentation “Supply Chain for a Digital World” full of empirical evidence and data from various studies and his thoughts on the benefits of digitalization for the global logistics and transport industry.

Rodrigo Reyes, Regional Manager – Airports, Passenger, Cargo and Security – Asia Pacific for IATA presented on “Simplifying Aviation Business” elaborating on the digitalization of the aviation sector.

Eva Chang – Head of International Business – Dagang Net Technologies Sdn Bhd explained “Malaysia’s Journey to National Single Window” sharing details on port digitalization and the concept of single window from a Malaysia perspective.

Dr. Ashan Amarasinghe’ s presentation on “Mass customization driven connectivity and the emergence of integrated smart logistics” covered his thoughts on the digitalization and technology usage in the land transport sector in Sri Lanka.

David Houser – Senior VP, International Sales & Operations – HighJump “Digitalisation and technology within the supply chain” explained his experience on the digitalization and technology usage in warehouse operations and management.

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) is a leading global professional body associated with the logistics and transport industry. The Institute holds unparalleled international recognition and works towards achieving its objectives of promoting and encouraging the art and science of logistics and transport through its membership and its 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 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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CILT CONDUCTS A SUCCESSFUL ROAD SHOW AT TRELLEBORG

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Sri Lanka held its third membership drive for the year 2018 at Trelleborg in Sapugaskanda on 19th October. Chairperson, CILT Sri Lanka, Ms. Gayani de Alwis, CMILT, Mr. H. A. Premaratne, FCILT and Mr. Chaminda Perera, CMILT attended the event. The Trelleborg Sri Lanka membership drive was organised by Mr. Rusiri Wijeratne, CMILT General Manager Supply Chain Trelleborg.

Mr. Dian Gunatilake, HR Director in his welcome address gave an overview of the Trelleborg business globally and the scope of operation in Sri Lanka and thanked the CILT team for their presence and commitment to promote professionalism in the industry. He also extended his support to do joint work together to develop training programmes for the supply chain team.

Chairperson, CILT Sri Lanka in her welcome address mentioned that, CILT is the only Chartered professional body in the country for professionals engaged in transport, logistics and supply chain and its main aim is to promote continuing professional education in the sector to uplift professionalism and create value to the economy. She further emphasised that the CILT’s role is both passenger and goods transport in all modes of transport land transport, maritime, aviation and highlighted that Trelleborg plays a vital role linking to the global supply chains and invited all professionals to come forward and work together with CILT SL to develop professionalism in the industry. She also mentioned that this was the most successful road show CILT conducted for the year where in 20 prospective member applications were received with more opportunities for capability building through training of Trelleborg personnel.

Longstanding fellow member of CILT Mr. H. A. Premaratne and Mr. Chaminda Perera, Cargo Manager, Emirates shared how their career journey in the transport and logistics sector with added CILT professional qualifications helped them to climb up the career ladder. They urged all participants who were present to invest in continuing professional education and become value creators to their company and to the country as a whole.

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 and encouraging the art and science 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 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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Trelleborg team posing with the CILT team

CILT road show in session

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YPF EMERGE 2018: Living with Purpose through Neuro Linguistic Programming

Are you goal driven? Are you searching for the true meaning of success? Are you a change maker?

Here is the chance for you to enlighten your mind.

The Young Professional’s Forum (YPF) Sri Lanka of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Sri Lanka presents the third consecutive edition of “YPF Emerge,” creating opportunities to witness the most sensational dialogue on personal development, communication and psychotherapy to overcome and understand behaviour through experience and how it can shape your life to achieve the most ambitious goals.

Join us at the workshop on “Living with Purpose through Neuro Linguistic Programming” on the 20th of October 2018 from 2.00 p.m. onwards at Professor F. R. Jayasuriya Auditorium, Colombo 4.

The workshop will be conducted by Mr. Ranjan De Silva, a Success Coach and Team Leadership Specialist with over three decades of corporate experience. Mr. De Silva, possess over two decades of experience functioning at the strategic leadership levels in some of the leading conglomerates in Asia. He has also provided consultancy and training for people at all levels of many multinational companies across the globe.

Registrations are now open at LKR 500 for undergraduates and LKR 1000 for the corporate sector.

Hurry up and register now! Limited seats available.

To register visit us on https://goo.gl/forms/Acsb9wdZ7C0lO5oK2

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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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