Sri Lanka Branch Annual Awards Ceremony 2016

Posted on Friday, February 19, 2016

The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers UK (Sri Lanka) Branch's flagship event, the 22nd Annual Award Ceremony, was held on the 19th February 2016, at the Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel, Colombo to felicitate the successful students. The Chief Guest at the event was the Hon: Karu Jayasuriya, Speaker of the Sri Lanka Parliament;with the Guest of Honor, Hon. Arjuna Ranatunge Minister of Ports, Shipping & Aviation in attendance. The Keynote address was delivered by Hon Eran Wickremaratne  Deputy Minister of state enterprises & Entrepreneurship.

The Honorable Speaker in his speech emphasized the fact that educating and training the staff is investing in people  and it shows a commitment of valuing  them and willingness to spend money on them. A famous anecdote on this subject was quoted by him: A financial Director questions the HR Director, "What happens if we train our staff and they leave? and receives the reply 'what happens if we don't and they stay?" the truth being with all else being equal,  people are much more likely to stay with a company that invests in them.

Sri Lanka Annual Awards Ceremony 2016The Chairman while speaking called for a vibrant consultative mechanism or a forum comprising shipping professionals  to provide appropriate advice to the ports & shipping sector to formulate effective solutions with issues related to shipping.

There was an overwhelming  attendance of close to 250 comprising the successful students and their families, representatives of the shipping community as well as the members of the local branch. This indeed demonstrated the continuing success of the Sri Lanka Branch in being the leaders in promoting high standards of professionalism in the local maritime industry.
The speakers were full of praise of the undoubted hard work put in by the award winning students in completing the Diploma, Advance Diploma and also the Qualifying examination of the Institute to earn the post nominal MICS, and requested them to maintain the highest standards of ethics in their thoughts and action and always live up to the motto of the Institute "Our word our bond".

The Sri Lanka students who scored the highest marks in individual subjects too were also felicitated in addition to awarding certificates and medals to 14 Diploma & Advance Diploma students, 8 new members (MICS) and 2 Fellows (FICS).

The award ceremony was preceded by cocktails with Chandana Wickremsinghe dance studio performing a colorful display of traditional Sri Lankan dancing.