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The Commercial Law Development Program of the USA conducts training to SLPA

  • Facilitated by The Colombo Plan and Rebel Group, supported by the U.S. Embassy and funded by the State department.
  • Training included: Port sustainability, Port PPP, (landlord and BOT) models and Port finance, automation in a competitive global port industry.

The Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) of the United States Department of Commerce (DoC), implemented a capacity building programme in Colombo to enhance knowledge and reinforce best practices to the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) senior staff.

The programme was funded by the Department of State (DoS) and implemented by the CLDP with the facilitation of the Colombo Plan and the U. S. Embassy in Colombo.

The full day programme attended by forty senior engineering, legal and administrative staff of SLPA covered the areas of public/private partnerships, landlord models and best practices in sustainability initiatives including the modernizing of SLPA terminals, electrification and automation to ensure Sri Lanka’s competitive edge as a hub in the region.

The event was facilitated by   Mr. Wim Welvaarts, senior port consultant from, Rebel Group (The Netherlands) and Rohan Masakorala lead consultant from the Colombo Plan Maritime Administration Programme on capacity building, while the program was designed and coordinated by Ms. Lindsey Scannell Senior Counsel, CLDP, and Mr. Maxwell Gruber, Senior International Program Specialist, CLDP. Mr. Romesh David, CEO of SAGT, contributed as a guest speaker.


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