CILT Delegation Attends China International Logistics Development Conference

A three-member Sri Lankan delegation from The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport  (CILT) Sri Lanka was invited to the fifth China International Logistics Development Conference in Changsha, the provincial capital of the Hunan province known as the Culture City of East Asia, from 16th to 17th November 2018 at the Kempinski hotel. Changsha is a new first-tier city and the first among the “Top Ten Leisure and Livable Eco-Cities in China”. The conference was co-hosted by China Communication and Transportation Association (CCTA) and CILT China.

The theme of the conference was “Interconnection and Integrated Development with Belt and Road Initiative”. Over 1000 delegates from 19 countries attended the international conference. The three-member Sri Lankan delegation was Chairperson CILT Sri Lanka, Ms Gayani de Alwis, CMILT, International Vice President CILT, Mr. Romesh David, FCILT and Chairperson WiLAT Sri Lanka, Ms Dhashma Karunaratne, CMILT. Mayor of Changsha hosted the CILT delegations from 19 countries at a dinner on the 15th.

Romesh David spoke on the topic “BRI led Infrastructure Development; Diversifying Sri Lanka’s Hub Offering”. Twenty speakers with three parallel sessions deliberated various topics related to BRI and its latest developments. WiLAT China second year anniversary was also celebrated as part of the conference and CILT Sri Lanka Chairperson was invited to speak on “UN Women HeforShe program of Sri Lanka” at the conference. She shared the highlights and mentioned about the adoption of the program in Mauritius recently.

Conference delegates were also taken on a technical visit to, on the final day, where the delegates were taken on a tour to the Changsha International Convention and Exhibition Centre and the Changsha Jinxia Economic Development Zone. The conference gave a good exposure for the delegates for knowledge enhancement and networking with the CILT global family and their Chinese counterparts.

CILT is a 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 objectives of promoting and encouraging the art and science of logistics and transport through its membership and its educational qualifications. With a global membership of over 34,000 from 35 countries across the globe, CILT provides a professional identity to those in the ever-expanding logistics and transport sector. 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.