Chairman lauds peace, urges trade facilitation

Addressing fellow association members and guests at the 29th Annual General Meeting of the Sri Lanka Freight Forwarders’ Association (SLFFA), re-elected chairman Tony De Livera thanked the membership for their vote of confidence in re-electing him before going on to note that it has been one year since the country’s 26- year long conflict finally […]


Addressing fellow association members and guests at the 29th Annual General Meeting of the Sri Lanka Freight Forwarders’ Association (SLFFA), re-elected chairman Tony De Livera thanked the membership for their vote of confidence in re-electing him before going on to note that it has been one year since the country’s 26- year long conflict finally ended. “So how far has Sri Lanka progressed towards development?” he asked.

“It is visible that economic activity in the north is picking up and its communities are beginning to see the first signs of monies donated by international communities for reconstruction,” De Livera said. “It is heartening to see the much valued tourism industry being revived, which is helping to bolster livelihoods and offering hope to many people in this country.”

According to the Sri Lankan Tourism Development Authority, tourist arrivals grew by more than 50 per cent in the first quarter of this year, compared to the same period last year. The rising number of tourist arrivals was primarily due to the improved security situation in the country, he noted, adding that both the UK and the US relaxed travel advisories to Sri Lanka.

The government of Sri Lanka also helped by relaxing travel restrictions to the previously conflict-affected north, offering similar opportunities to areas of the island nation once largely off-limits to outsiders and this resulting influx of local visitors to Jaffna — reportedly numbering in their thousands each week — has caused trade to pick-up in the region.