The Sri Lankan arm of the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) will hold its AGM and annual Conference on the 13th of July at the Jubilee Ballroom, Galle Face Hotel. This year’s event will focus on achieving Sri Lanka’s potential, being the maritime center for the Asian region. The key note address of the event will be delivered by Mr. Aden Wong, who is a member of the port practice advisory team of Drewry Maritime Advisors, Singapore.
At the AGM, WISTA will be electing its new executive committee for the year 2018/19, whilst the 2017/18 committee, headed by Swabha Wickramasinghe, steps down from their official duties. Speaking about the past year, the outgoing WISTA President, Swabha Wickramasinghe said, “The year that concluded was successful in many fronts as the membership grew by 35% compared to the previous year. The Association was also able to carry out many strategic and CSR projects, keeping in line with the WISTA objectives of raising the profile of women in the maritime sector and working for gender parity in an industry that’s still very male dominated.”
This year marks yet another milestone for WISTA Sri Lanka as it completes 4 years of outstanding presence in the local maritime industry. WISTA focuses on recognizing women achievers from the industry and creating a forum to address industry related issues and make representations with relevant authorities in the Maritime & Logistics Sectors. WISTA has been successful in breaking down gender barriers within the shipping and logistics industry over the years and encouraging more women to join this growing industry.
WISTA’s agenda bodes well for the Sri Lankan Government’s initiative to position the island nation as the logistics hub for the Asian region. Over the past financial year, the association has carried out several knowledge sharing initiatives and has also reached out to schools to promote an early interest in the shipping industry amongst the next generation, by arranging a career day for 100 school children.
WISTA Sri Lanka is a member of WISTA International which is a global organization connecting female executives and decision makers around the world. WISTA International serves as a connector for its network of more than 3,000 female professionals from all sectors of the maritime industry. More than 40 countries support the National WISTA Association (NWA), each of which in turn is a member of and is guided by WISTA International. NWAs provide in-country and regional networking, business and skill building opportunities, corporate visibility, and also facilitates relationships within the industry.