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Friday, June 22nd, 2018

The annual International Convention of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), which is a much awaited global gathering of logistics and transport professionals was held from 3rd to 6th June 2018 at the DoubleTree Hilton hotel in Wroclaw, Poland. Picturesque Wroclaw was selected as the best European tourist destination in 2018 and is considered to be the silicon valley of the automotive industry. The theme of the convention was “Linking Central and Eastern Europe to the World, The Electric Car Revolution and Its Impact on Logistics”. This year’s international convention had 250 participants from 50 countries and a ten-member delegation from Sri Lanka participated in the convention. Representing the Sri Lankan delegation were, Gayani De Alwis (Chairperson CILT Sri Lanka), Dhashma Karunaratne (Chairperson WiLAT Sri Lanka), Romesh David (International Vice President CILT), Niral Kadawatharatchie (Past Chairman CILT Sri Lanka), Chaminda Perera (Council Member CILT Sri Lanka), Upali De Zoysa (Council Member CILT Sri Lanka), Biman Hettiarachchi (Chairman YPF Sri Lanka), Gayathri Karunanayake (Vice Chairperson WiLAT Sri Lanka) and Sammy Akbar, Director at Expolanka Freight.

This year, both Young Professionals’ Forum (YPF) and Women in Logistics and Transport (WiLAT) Forum conventions were spaced out in order for delegates to attend both events. The talk on “How to Put a Zebra on the Moon” by Robin Proctor, former Executive Director at Travis Perkins and visiting fellow at Cranfield University gave a good start to the convention followed by Prof. Richard Wilding, Chairman of CILT UK and professor at Cranfield University speaking about “Industry 4.0 and beyond”. Other speakers at the convention were, Prof. David Cebon, Director at Cambridge Vehicle Dynamics Consortium, Prof. René de Koster professor at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, Chris Jones of Canalys, Barbara Kaśnikowska, General Manager at Wroclaw Aircraft Maintenance Services, Jo Brosnan of Northland Port, New Zealand to name a few, and in total 16 speakers addressing the international gathering.

The Sri Lankan delegation got an opportunity to showcase UN Women HeForShe programme of Sri Lanka for the global roll out at the WiLAT convention and YPF Sri Lanka Chairman and YP Regional Ambassador South Asia, Biman Hettiarachchi did Sri Lanka proud by showcasing YPF Sri Lanka work, raising the bar within the international YP community.  Founding Chairperson WiLAT Sri Lanka & Chairperson CILT Sri Lanka Gayani de Alwis was appointed as the Vice Chairperson WiLAT South Asia at the WiLAT international convention.

Highlight of the convention was the technical visit on the final day where the delegates were given the choice to visit one of the four facilities; Volvo Manufacturing Centre, Kuehne Nagel Logistics Operation, Amazon Fulfillment Centre or Topacz. Automobile Museum. The Sri Lankan delegation chose to visit the Amazon Fulfillment Centre in Wroclaw, which was a rare opportunity. They were exposed to their sortable and non-sortable warehouses of which one was managed by robots. The convention gave a good exposure to the delegation for knowledge enhancement and networking with the CILT global family. Delegates were also taken on a boat trip down the iconic river Oder, which gave a different atmosphere for networking among the international delegates.

Next year CILT will be celebrating its centenary year with the international convention in Manchester, UK from 16th – 18th June 2019.

CILT is the 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 exciting history but is always adapting to stay consistent with current logistics and transport issues. 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, events 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. 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.

CILT Sri Lanka Delegation with the CILT International President

CILT Sri Lanka Country Delegation Meeting

CILT Sri Lanka Chairperson at the Panel Discussion