Transport Options

Oct 11, 2010 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s logistics and transport bottlenecks will come under scrutiny at an international conference this week where partnerships between the public and private sectors will also be considered, officials said. The island now has an opportunity to rebuild its transport infrastructure which was neglected or destroyed during the 30-year ethnic war which ended in May 2009, they said.

“We would have had probably the second-best transport system in Asia at the time of independence (in 1948),” said Amal Kumarage, chairman of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT).

“We need to regain that position. Transport is one of the systems which stagnated over the last several decades.

“There’s a lot of waste – lot of goods transport is arriving too late, in poor condition and costing too much. The essential attribute of a good supply chain – the need to get the goods where it goes at the right cost and at right time – is not satisfied.”

Kumarage told a news conference there was a need to bring professionalism into the system, which is one of key aims of a conference planned by the CILT on development opportunities in transport and logistics in South Asia and synergies of public-private p