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POMS International Conference 2018

Kandy, Sri Lanka

Discussion Session:

“Sri Lanka’s Role in One Belt One Road (OBOR) Initiative”

The One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative pioneered by China is one of the biggest infrastructure investment projects of the 21st Century. The project aims to emulate the ancient Silk Road which was used for trading between East Asia and Europe through Central Asia and Middle East. Broadly, the project has two aspects, the land route referred to as “the belt” and the maritime silk road known as the “the road”.


The ambitious project spans the continents of Asia, Europe and Africa. The project seeks to enhance the economic cooperation among the countries along the road and the belt through trade facilitation. Logistics improvements through the project are expected to enhance trade, while trade is expected to promote economic growth, which would lead to collective prosperity of nations along the road and the belt.


With the OBOR initiative China has changed its stance from a passive participant in world affairs to a leading role in shaping the region. In addition to OBOR, China has also taken steps to establish Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank (AIIB) as a development bank that will bridge the gap of capital investments in the region.


Countries like Sri Lanka that lie along the Belt and the Road could benefit enormously from the proposed investments of the project through effective participation. For an island nation like Sri Lanka it means development of harbors and associated logistics infrastructure. Sri Lanka has already benefitted from some of these initiatives which resulted in the development of Hambantota and Colombo ports.


This discussion session will:

  • Discuss how Sri Lanka can maximise opportunities of the OBOR initiative
  • How to collaborate with regional partners towards the success of global supply chain links
  • Identify areas where POM researchers can focus their future research in OBOR
  • Look for opportunities to collaborate in research areas

Target Group:

Logistics and Supply Chain Professionals, Researchers and academia who are working in global SCM and entrepreneurs.

Date : 16/12/2018

Time : 8.30 am t 10.30 am

Venue : Amaya Hills

Session Chair: Professor Jatinder (Jeet) N. D. Gupta, University of Alabama in Huntsville, USA

Jatinder (Jeet) N. D. Gupta is currently the Director of Integrated Enterprise Lab, Eminent Scholar of Management of Technology, Professor of Information Systems, Industrial and Systems Engineering and Engineering Management at The University of Alabama in Huntsville, Alabama.   In his career, He held several technical and managerial positions in the US Postal Service and Energy Information Administration where he received the superior job performance award.  He received his PhD in Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech University, a M. Tech in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India and a B. E in Mechanical Engineering from Delhi University.

Email: jeet.gupta@uah.edu


Prof. YAN Houmin, Hong Kong City University

Professor Houmin Yan is Chair Professor of Management Sciences and Dean of the College of Business at the City University of Hong Kong. Prior to joining CityU he served as Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and as Associate Director and Science Advisor for the Hong Kong R&D Center for Logistics and Supply Chain Management Enabling Technologies. He has also worked as a tenured Associate Professor at the School of Management, University of Texas at Dallas. Professor Yan's main research areas are stochastic models, simulations, and supply chain management. He has published in journals such as Operations Research, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, IIE Transactions, Production and Operations Management, Journal of Optimization: Theory and Applications, and IEEE Transactions.

 Dr. Senevi Kiridena University of Wollongong. NSW, Australia


Please come and participate in this discussion session as part of the POMS 2018 International Conference in Kandy, Sri Lanka.


Coordinator: Mr. Namal Bandaranayake

Email: namalb@pdn.ac.lk

Phone: +94 719544764