Regional logistic hubs need to be flexible– CILT Sri Lanka President | Sunday Observer

Regional logistic hubs need to be flexible– CILT Sri Lanka President

Seated - front row (from left)? Upali Gunawardena (Honorary Treasurer), Ms. Gayani de Alwis (Immediate past Chairperson) Dr. Namali Sirisoma? (Vice President), Chaminda Perera (Vice President),? Channaka De Alwis (President, CILTSL), Gihan Jayasinghe (Vice President), Agjith Ekanayake (Honorary Secretary),? Niral Kadawatharatchie and H. A. Premaratne.? Standing -back row (from left) Dr. Renuka Herath,? Wijesiri Silva, Mrs. Vijitha Weerasinghe, Dr. Priyangani Jayasundera, Dr. H.R. Pasindu, Ms Dhashma Karunaratne, Chandima Hulangamuwa, Henry De Silva and Shamith Wijethilake.

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In the post Covid-19 age, it is predicted that logistics hubs will emerge at regional level. The transformation from globalisation to regionalisation is the inevitable reality from the pandemic crisis, newly elected President of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Sri Lanka (CILTSL), Channaka de Alwis said.

He was speaking at the CILTSL at the 36th Annual General Meeting of CILTSL at the auditorium of the National Chamber of Commerce Sri Lanka last week.

The new logistics hubs that emerge at regional level will need to be more flexible and adoptable to attract suppliers and buyers who will have their own benchmarks in service quality, he said.

Excerpts of his speech:

“The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport can play a pivotal role in expanding new horizons for its members, the industry at large, the policy makers and the state. In the post Covid-19 age, it is predicted that logistics hubs will emerge at regional level.

“The transformation from globalisation to regionalisation is the inevitable reality that we can take home from the pandemic crisis. In the post Covid-19 world, regional sourcing will be a fact of life. It is a superficial reading of current trends. But they contain the seeds of pragmatic reason. The world will come up with solutions that will insulate it from future turmoil caused by viruses and microbes that defy science and technology, however, advanced. The new logistics hubs that emerge at regional level will need to be more flexible and adoptable to attract suppliers and buyers who will have their own benchmarks in service quality.

“The airline industry is experiencing the worst challenges in its history with many airlines filing for bankruptcy. In the post Covid-19 world capacity can be a greater liability. The aviation industry and international movement of goods and people will undergo drastic upheavals and technology will again be the main driver.

“Touchless travel will be the new norm. Exchanging travel documents and touching surfaces through check-in, security, border control, and boarding will see new systems in place. Provision of great holiday experiences will depend on the service providers’ capacity to guarantee an infection free experience.

“Automation will be the new order. Biometrics are already a widely accepted solution for identity verification, and their use will become more widespread as physical fingerprint and hand scanners are phased out. More touch-less options will come into play including contactless fingerprint, as well as iris and face recognition. Moreover, technology for touch-less data-entry such as gesture control, touch-less document scanning, and voice commands are already being tested.

“We in Sri Lanka must keep pace with global developments. It is no longer a question of catching up at our own pace. If we are to be a logistics and transport hub in the region, we cannot follow the curve. The only place we can be in is ahead of the curve. Our internal surface transport is no exception. This transformative environment is an opportunity in adversity. It is an ideal opportunity to rethink our approach to logistics and transport. Let us be realistic about what we need to know and do.

“CILT UK has released a ‘White Paper’ that makes 14 recommendations for encouraging government to realign its policies for exiting the Covid-19 lockdown, to work alongside the goal of significantly reducing greenhouse gases and improving the nation’s air quality.

“Chief Executive, CILT (UK) Kevin Richardson said, “Public transport is fundamental to the economy, the environment and for effectively and efficiently supporting the movement of people. Government, devolved local authorities must work with the profession to ensure that capacity and connectivity is maintained so that our transport networks are capable of delivering an efficient service that people can rely on to be convenient, cost-effective and coherent in a post-Covid world”. I agree with Kevin. It is a healthy precedent by CILT UK which we perhaps should emulate.”

The following members were elected as office bearers of CILTSL for 2020: President - Channaka De Alwis, Vice Presidents - Gihan Jayasinghe, Dr. Namali Sirisoma and Chaminda Perera, Secretary - Agjith Ekanayake, Hon. Treasurer - Mr. Upali Gunawardena.

The following were elected to the CILT-SL Council for Year 2020. Niral Kadawatharatchie, Dr. H. R. Pasindu, Mr. Henry Silva, Dr. Y. M. M.S Bandara, Channaka Gunathilake, Ms. Gayathri Karunanayake, Dr. Renuka Herath, Dr. Priyangani Jayasundera, Ms. Dhashma Karunaratne, H. A .Premaratne, Ibrahim Saleem, Mrs. Vijitha Weerasinghe, Chandima Hulangamuwa, Shamith Wijethilake, K. C .Wijesiri Silva. All were elected unanimously.

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