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Young Shipping Professionals of CASA

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The highly skilled members of steering committee: Standing from left Shalinie de Silva (McLarens Shipping, Assistant Secretary), Mahen Panagoda (Aitken Spence), Jehan Rodrigo (Prudential), Duminda Silva (Maersk, Assistant Treasurer), Nuwan Shanaka (Asha Agencies) and Natarsha Fernando (Ceyline Shipping. Seated from left, Kuvini Gamage (McLarens Shipping, Secretary), Mevan Peiris (Ceyline Group, Chairman), NavinPerera (GAC, Vice Chairman) and Hasitha Dissanayake (CMA CGM, Treasurer) The highly skilled members of steering committee: Standing from left Shalinie de Silva (McLarens Shipping, Assistant Secretary), Mahen Panagoda (Aitken Spence), Jehan Rodrigo (Prudential), Duminda Silva (Maersk, Assistant Treasurer), Nuwan Shanaka (Asha Agencies) and Natarsha Fernando (Ceyline Shipping. Seated from left, Kuvini Gamage (McLarens Shipping, Secretary), Mevan Peiris (Ceyline Group, Chairman), NavinPerera (GAC, Vice Chairman) and Hasitha Dissanayake (CMA CGM, Treasurer)

The young professionals of the local shipping industry have announced plans to launch an initiative to develop the future human resource base of the shipping and logistics sector, in line with the Government of Sri Lanka’s ambitious hub concept. Young shipping industry professionals who are members of the Ceylon Association of Ships’ Agents (CASA), are to launch a professional association within the folds of the CASA, called the Young Shipping Professionals of CASA, on May 10, 2013. The aim is to develop talent, skills and experiences of the youth cohort of CASA, to meet the country’s future human resource needs in the rapidly evolving field of shipping and logistics.

CASA, the leading voice of the shipping industry, says it is confident that this forum will give expression to youth engaged in the ships agency business in Sri Lanka. “It would create the environment for robust growth of this human resource pool in agency business in order to prepare our industry for the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead in our quest to become a regional shipping and maritime centre of excellence,” says Chairman, CASA, Ralph Anandappa.

Chairman of the Young Professionals of CASA, Mevan Peiris, says the new formation within CASA would provide a unique and dedicated platform to identify and develop skills and experience needs of the next generation of Sri Lankan shipping professionals.
 “Our membership will be made up of persons below the age of 35 years, because we have identified the need for a focused thrust to meet development and growth needs of the younger generation. Through the Young Professionals of CASA, we hope to develop both professional and leadership skills that the local shipping industry needs as our economy expands under the Government’s plans to develop the country into a maritime hub”, explained Peiris.

Peiris, who has a bachelors in Business Management from the Monash University of Melbourne Australia, is currently the Manager of Business Development at the Ceyline Group of companies, the most diversified shipping company in Sri Lanka.   Peiris also worked in the shipping industry in Australia, in the shipping company Australian National Line, for almost five years, and was a member of Young Shipping Australia.The Government of Sri Lanka has announced plans to exploit Sri Lanka’s strategic location by positioning the country as a naval hub and has initiated many port and related infrastructure development projects across the country. The Young Shipping Professionals of CASA will support the governments long term national development plans by facilitating a pipeline of young talent and industry leaders to ensure development plans are sustainable in the long to mid term.

“Our forum will create a platform for young people to learn new things and also to network and exchange ideas and experiences”, said Peiris. This will be achieved through interactive sessions, educational fora and visits, and lectures from foreign and local experts in the field.

The proposed youth forum of CASA has already received strong interest with 102 registrations of young people from different shipping companies in Sri Lanka.  In addition to its goals of creating a learning and development culture among the youth, the Young professionals of CASA will also take on corporate social responsibility projects on behalf of CASA.    

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