Enhancing Sri Lanka's Logistics Performance to integrate with Global Supply Chains
Sri Lanka is strategically located in close proximity to major east-west shipping routes and its major port Colombo, which is well linked by leading shipping liners, ranks within the top 30 ports globally. However, Sri Lanka is gradually declining in its position in Logistics Performance Index (LPI) published by the World Bank. There are many shortcomings that contribute towards this decline. Poor land based transportation infrastructure leading to congested roads, under-utilized railway network, lack of connectivity through highways and railways, lack of industrial space in close proximity to port and poor service quality driven by lack of skills and negatives attitudes of people are some of the contributors. Though apparel industry has successfully integrated with global supply chains, there are number of manufacturing industries of Sri Lanka that are not effectively integrated into global supply chains due to inherent deficiencies of logistics performances of the country. Even though massive infrastructure development projects have taken place in Sri Lanka, lack of strategic vision on how to integrate them with supporting services to enable concepts such as single gateway clearances, freight villages and inability to fully leverage information systems has hindered the expected economic growth.
Aims and Objectives:
- Identify & analyse the reasons for poor performance in logistics & supply chain in Sri Lanka
- Discuss policy interventions required to move forward in logistics and in supply chain management
- Share ideas on how Sri Lanka can leverage its ports, airports, road network and rail network to achieve economic development in the short, medium and long term basis.
- develop a road map for Sri Lanka’s logistics performance improvement
Prof. Fazleena Badurdeen, University of Kentucky, USA
Prof. Shams Rahman, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
Dr. Senevi Kiridena, Senior Lecturer, University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia
Dr. Asela K. Kulatunga, Senior Lecturer, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
Mr. Namal Bandaranayake, Senior Lecturer, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka