The Sri Lanka Foundation (SLFI) has entered into a MoU with the Shippers’ Academy Colombo (SA), a specialised training institute for global commerce and logistics, to develop capacity building programmes and conduct joint training courses under a public-private partnership. The courses will begin next month.
SA which works with technical collaboration with Singapore Shippers’ Academy has developed many courses relating to global commerce and logistics. It has also commonly developed programmes with other state institutions in specialised fields, such as shipping, customs, port, trade facilitation, etc, the academy said in a press release.
While the SLFI and SA will jointly conduct some courses, SA will also transfer all its external courses to the Foundation which has excellent training facilities. In addition these courses curriculum will be certified by the International Chamber of Commerce Sri Lanka which has a global recognition in over 120 countries.
Professor Ranjith Bandara, SLFI Chairman said the MoU will provide for the Foundation to expand its activities specially in an emerging areas of the hub activities as envisaged by the government of Sri Lanka. “The focus of the government is to make Sri Lanka a shipping, aviation, logistics and a training hub, therefore we can train our youth with the necessary tools and skills to cater to the demands of the market,” Prof. Bandara said.
Rohan Masakorala, SA CEO, said that it is a unique and a first time event that such a strong public private venture has been entered into in the field of global commerce and logistics. “This collaboration will give strength to both our institutions and will give an opportunity not only to the people from Colombo but employable youth from outstation to gather knowledge in the fields of global commerce and logistics,” he added.