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Aitken Spence Launch Brand Fiji Ports

11 Feb

Fiji Ports

Aitken Spence-run Ports Terminal Limited which operates Fiji’s two main ports has been rebranded as Fiji Ports recently at an event attended by senior government and Aitken Spence officials.
Minister of Finance and Public Enterprise Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum who attended the launch commended the efforts by Aitken Spence PLC in honouring the partnership with the Fiji Government by improving services and operations at the two major ports in the country.
Aitken Spence entered into a public-private partnership with Fiji Ports Corporation acquiring 51 per cent of the shares in Ports Terminal Limited in 2013 to oversee the repair and operation of the ports of Suva and Lautoka.
Deputy Chairman and Managing Director of Aitken Spence PLC J M S Brito and Chairman & CEO of Aitken Spence Maritime & Logistics Dr. Parakrama Dissanayake attended the launch.
“It has been a wonderful partnership, it has been a wonderful collaboration which has the levy that had been charged on containers coming into Fiji being lifted now which not only has financial benefits for exporters but also for importers”, said the Minister of Finance and Public Enterprise Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.
“It also came as Government’s faith in Aitken Spence PLC, through the Public-Private-Partnership continues to be vindicated. Enormous achievements have been made by this management company”, he added.
Deputy Chairman and Managing Director of Aitken Spence PLC, J M S Brito said, “We are pleased to show significant positive results to the Government of Fiji since our investment in the ports of Suva and Lautoka. We are exploring investment opportunities in hotels, power generation, printing and other sectors where we have decades-long experience and expertise”.
Aitken Spence Maritime & Logistics Chairman & CEO and Director of Aitken Spence PLC Dr. Parakrama Dissanayake speaking at the launch reiterated company’s commitment to stakeholders present at the event.
“When you have the right product, we can launch a marketing campaign to boost volumes thereby attracting new shipping lines. And when you have more shipping lines, you will have more capacity and when you have more capacity, the freight rates are bound to go low. This would boost exports and imports and generate more employment and enable Fiji to become the hub of the South Pacific”, said Dr. Dissanayake.
“In Sri Lanka, we say port is the heart of the nation. And when you have an efficient port blessed with the right location like Fiji’s, you would establish not only a maritime hub but also aviation and a logistics hub”, he added.
Aitken Spence PLC is among Sri Lanka’s most dynamic and respected corporate entities with operations in South Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the South Pacific. Listed in the CSE since 1983, it has major interests in hotels, travel, maritime services, logistics and power generation. The group also has a significant presence in plantations, printing, garments, financial services, insurance and information technology.

CINEC To Develop The Maritime School Of Fiji National University (FNU)

28 Nov

CINEC Maritime Campus which is the largest maritime training institute in South Asia signed an agreement on 17th November 2013 with the Government of Fiji and the Fiji National University, to manage the Maritime School of the Fiji National University (FNU) in Suva.
Minister of Public Enterprises and Attorney General, Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum signed the agreement on behalf of the Government of Fiji. Capt. Ajith Pieris President of CINEC Maritime Campus and Vice Chancellor Prof. Ganesh Chand of the Fiji National University were the other signatories. Mr. J M S Brito Deputy Chairman, Aitken Spence PLC and Dr. Parakrama Dissanayake Chairman, Aitken Spence Maritime and Jt. Managing Director CINEC were in attendance.
This is a further expansion of CINEC Maritime Campus which recently took over the management of the Seychelles Maritime School.
The management of the Maritime School of the FNU by CINEC, will fulfill a long standing need of the Government of Fiji to produce well-trained Seafarers from the Island nation. The Maritime School has courses up to Watch Keepers and with CINEC’s involvement, the School will be able to provide courses to the category of Officers and Engineer Class 1.
This is yet another landmark achievement in keeping with the objectives of the Government of Fiji to generate real growth in the Fijian economy by generating new employment opportunities.

Standing from L to R: Mr. J M S Brito - Deputy Chairman, Aitken Spence PLC;  Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum - Minister of Public Enterprises and Attorney General, Fiji; Capt. Ajith Pieris President of CINEC Maritime Campus and Dr. Parakrama Dissanayake Chairman, Aitken Spence Maritime and Jt. Managing Director CINEC.

Standing from L to R: Mr. J M S Brito – Deputy Chairman, Aitken Spence PLC; Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum – Minister of Public Enterprises and Attorney General, Fiji; Capt. Ajith Pieris President of CINEC Maritime Campus and Dr. Parakrama Dissanayake Chairman, Aitken Spence Maritime and Jt. Managing Director CINEC.

Standing from L to R: Mr. R G Pandithakorralage - Director/Chief Human Resources Officer, Aitken Spence Group Ltd; Mrs. N W de A Gunaratne - Managing Director, Aitken Spence Insurance (Pvt) Ltd /Aitken Spence Insurance Barkers (Pvt) Ltd and Chief Legal Officer, Aitken Spnece Group Ltd;  Mr. J M S Brito - Deputy Chairman, Aitken Spence PLC;  Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum - Minister of Public Enterprises and Attorney General, Fiji; Capt. Ajith Pieris President of CINEC Maritime Campus; Dr. Parakrama Dissanayake Chairman, Aitken Spence Maritime and Jt. Managing Director CINEC; Capt. Dr. Nalaka Jayakoddy - Vice President of CINEC Maritime Campus and Capt. Peshala Medagama - General Manager - Business Development, CINEC Maritime Campus.

Standing from L to R: Mr. R G Pandithakorralage – Director/Chief Human Resources Officer, Aitken Spence Group Ltd; Mrs. N W de A Gunaratne – Managing Director, Aitken Spence Insurance (Pvt) Ltd /Aitken Spence Insurance Brokers (Pvt) Ltd and Chief Legal Officer, Aitken Spence Group Ltd;  Mr. J M S Brito – Deputy Chairman, Aitken Spence PLC;  Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum – Minister of Public Enterprises and Attorney General, Fiji; Capt. Ajith Pieris President of CINEC Maritime Campus; Dr. Parakrama Dissanayake Chairman, Aitken Spence Maritime and Jt. Managing Director CINEC; Capt. Dr. Nalaka Jayakoddy – Vice President of CINEC Maritime Campus and Capt. Peshala Medagama – General Manager – Business Development, CINEC Maritime Campus.