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Sri Lanka 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 &
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.
The 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.
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