The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce is
organising a seminar on "Sethusamudram Canal Project:
Implications for Business". The seminar is scheduled for 29th
August 2005 at the Chamber.
The "Sethusamudram naval canal
project" initiated by India has created much discussion and
debate among government officials, environmental groups,
business community and the general public both in India and in
Sri Lanka. Diverse views are expressed on the implications of
The seminar is intended to enlighten
the business community on the progress made by the Governments
of India and Sri Lanka on the proposed project and on the
possible implications of the project on business to facilitate
business sector to adopt appropriate strategies to face the
implications more effectively.
Members of the Sri Lankan Government
delegation that visited India recently for discussions on the
project and experts who have studied the project have been
invited to address the seminar.
The following areas would be covered
during the seminar: Sethusamudram Canal: Why is it Built?
Implications on Shipping and Ports, Measures to cope with
Navigation and Emergency, Impact of the Sethusamudram Canal
Project on Fisheries, Potential Impact of the Project on
Environment and Steps taken by the government to address the
concerns of Sri Lanka.
The panel of speakers will consist of
Mr. Rohan Abeywickrama (Director, Sathsindu Group of Companies),
Dr. Krishan Deheragoda (Vice Chairman, Sri Lanka Ports
Authority), Mr. M A R Kularatne (Chairman, Marine Pollution
Prevention Authority) and Mr. A L Ratnapala (Assistant Secretary
General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs). Dr. Parakrama Disanayake
(Chairman/CEO, Aitken Spence Shipping Ltd) will chair the
The participants would be afforded the
opportunity to clarify their issues from the expert panel of
speakers and panelists during the open forum.