In a bid to bolster economic ties with Sri Lanka, Norway reaffirmed its commitment to support Sri Lanka’s shipping and logistics industries, noting it will extend technical support to boost the current status of the island nation’s ports.
Noting it is an area that can be used to “connect”, Norway Ambassador to Sri Lanka Thorbjorn Gaustadsaether said Norway’s maritime expertise is an element Sri Lanka could make use of.
“It is a tough competition out there and we see that in the industry there is a downturn. It is important for Sri Lanka to strategize and see how they can find the niche in this new market.
“We have had the connection for many years and our maritime experience at large is something we could share with Sri Lanka, so you can not only develop your shipping industry but also develop the ports and be the hub to be in this region,” said the ambassador.
Opining it is a complex affair, Gaustadsaether stressed that there still is potential for Sri Lanka due to its strategic location.
“You have a location which is fantastic, but you also have to think about how you are going to fill that potential in between the East and West,” said Gaustadsaether. The envoy added that it is not only about how the ports are developed, but also the specialties it would offer in terms of technology. Norway is looking to develop cooperation with Sri Lanka in the fishing industry where it has been asked to assist in policy making.
(Daily Mirror - 31102016)