The Sri Lanka Shippers’ Council (SLSC), the first National Shippers’ Council to be set up in Asia in 1966, will celebrate the significant milestone of 50 years since its formation, on March 23, 2016.

CouncilThe SLSC was established on a recommendation by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) that shippers’ councils should be established in order that they could negotiate collectively with shipping conferences.

To celebrate 50 years of achievement, the Sri Lanka Shippers’ Council has planned a series of events during 2016, which will commence with a tree planting campaign in the Port of Hambantota. Minister of Ports and Shipping, Arjuna Ranatunga will be the chief guest, along with related heads of Government Agencies are expected to be present at the event.

To coincide with its 50th Anniversary, the SLSC will host the Annual General Meeting of the Global Shippers Forum for the year 2016, in Colombo. The Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF) is the world’s leading trade association for shippers engaged in international trade moving goods by all modes of transport. This will be the first time that the Annual general Meeting of the GSF will be hosted in Asia.