Skills Export

July 03, 2007 (LBO) – Aitken Spence, one of Sri Lanka’s conglomerates with interests in several areas of the shipping industry, wants to develop a new business in managing ports abroad. The company already has a deal with South Africa’s Durban Port under which is sent 125 skilled Sri Lankans to provide training and port management expertise.

“We’re able to export the services of skilled Sri Lankan workers,” said Aitken Spence Shipping chairman Parakrama Dissanayake.

This will benefit the island more than its usual export of unskilled labour, particularly housemaids.

The Aitken Spence team in Durban port provides training, skills transfer and helps to improve the operating efficiency of the South African harbour.

The provision of port management expertise to Durban Port, the first time a Sri Lankan company has ventured into port management service outside the island, was part of Aitken Spence’s efforts to develop new products and markets.

The company’s maritime transport division is seeking more opportunities in port management business in the African region.

The aim is to develop a business in which the company will help run several container ports abro