Hambantota Port says it is no longer a white elephant

The Hambantota International Port is no longer a white elephant, the management of the port said in a press statement.

The management said that eighteen months to the formation of HIPG, the public private partnership between CMPort and the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), to manage the Hambantota International Port (HIP), the company has made phenomenal progress.

“They have successfully turned it around, bringing the port into the limelight and strategically positioning it within the international ports and shipping industry,” HIPG said.

HIPG says groups of potential investors are visiting the now thriving port to determine its forward development plans and to see what synergies HIP would bring to the overall maritime map.

The first signs of visible progress were seen with the 9-storey administration building of the port, the Hambantota Maritime Centre, becoming 95 percent occupied. The building is almost filled to its capacity, with leading industry players renting office space.

“The Hambantota Port which was previously looked at as a white elephant, would shortly become a vibrant contributor to the GDP of Sri Lanka, which was always our goal. HIP which will be offering different options to logistics and shipping customers, will be playing a parallel role to Colombo under the SLPA flag,” says Tissa Wickremasinghe COO of HIPG.

Wickremasinghe said that their development plans have been showcased and the brand has been strengthened in the many international forums they have represented, such as Lloyds of London, ‘Transport & Logistics 2019’ in Munich Germany, and more recently a seminar held in Thailand.

“There is a continuous stream of international delegates from countries including France, USA, UK, Germany and Japan visiting the port to understand our potential and we have entered into a number of strategic partnerships that add value to our customers. Given that, it is no surprise that organisations are looking at modern office space to position themselves in Hambantota, andthe Hambantota Maritime Centre would be the obvious choice,” Wickremasinghe said.

HIPG’s General Manager, Port Related Industries -Tim Xiao said that the Hambantota Maritime Centre provides tenants with all the modern amenities combined with attractive spaces.

“The Maritime Center is nearly at full occupancy and the support we have received from our partners who are using our space to position their business on an international platform has been encouraging. Our tenants include leading shipping agencies such as Hayleys Advantis, Aitken Spence, Hamka Shipping, Ceyline Shipping, financial institutions NDB & People’s Bank, Technology companies like Dialog and a number of conglomerates involved in various fields such as Sinopec Oil & Sales company. We are very excited to see the new change the port is bringing to the area. With so many organisations taking up residence in Hambantota there would be many advantages, for entrepreneurs as well as youth in the area who would benefit from job opportunities that are bound to open up.”

Xiao adds that amongst the many benefits available to the Maritime Center tenants, is the One Stop Shop (OSS) set up by the BOI, facilitating ease of business for investors looking at port services as well as the adjacent Industrial Park.

The OSS provides a single window facility, with the BOI as the conduit to access all key government institutions, a significant benefit to investors looking at taking advantage of opportunities in the Industrial park.

The General Manager says the companies who are currently occupying the Hambantota Maritime Center are all aligned with expanding their business opportunities and are very much in sync with the economic progress the port is bringing to the area.


  1. The Hambantota Port has been taken over by China under President Xi Jinping. China is not the same. Currently, dictatorship is rising and it will get worse. Importantly, I renounce my support for the CCP(Chinese Communist Party).

    The last two weeks I have travelled to China and updating my knowledge of China. It has been an eye-opening to me with great disappointment. In Beijing, I couldn’t get a SIM card. It made my life very difficult because I couldn’t have access to online maps. Plus people hardly speak in English Language, it was very hard to move around. The CCP (Chinese Communist Party) made my life very hard. When I caught a train from Beijing to Shanghai I was asked to open my language to remove my small scissors which I use to cut my moustache and beard. I was told that it was a dangerous item. I have asked the security officers to call the officer in charge and told him that I took two subway trains to come to the Beijing Station. Those trains had thousands of people. If I want to harm people I could have done it in those trains. Why should I do it on the train between Beijing and Shanghai? Clearly, he understood the irony of it but pretended as he didn’t understand the English language. I was going nowhere with common sense, so I needed a piece of evidence to expose it. I quickly said that I am coming back to Beijing and needed a receipt to collect it. They laughed at me as a stingy Indian eventually gave me an official receipt. Here I am with the future world power and it has been very upset with the Australian government because Australia didn’t allow its 5G technology, but in China, I couldn’t get a SIM card or travel to others city without any inconvenience. Do I want this kind of leadership to rule the world? While I was travelling in China I felt that the CCP is not interested to keep the English language as an international language. It has no interested to build this world from the previous establishment, but willing to push its ideology and destroy everything which will make my life harder to communicate with the rest of the world. Why should I support a regime that will make my life harder?

    Most of the Asians do not know anything about western political affairs. While I was waiting for my flight at the Pudong International Airport in Shanghai, China, I had a conversation with 3 Indians and 4 Chinese. None of them knows anything about Julian Assange, Edward Snowden or Aboriginal people in Australasia or North America. The Asian leaders are keeping their people in the dark due to lack of knowledge and fear of losing favours from the West. But they are comfortable to undermine their intellectuals to please the West and continue to control their people as the solution for everything. Because, they never have seen or experienced anything better, especially the CCP leaders. This particular strategy can work up to a level then it will backfire on the leadership. Especially, once the average people become middle class and have enough money to travel and have access to higher education. The CCP can’t just expect the people to travel and study in the West to bring knowledge and higher standards of living but nothing else. The CCP must adopt a different approach as Chinese people are starting to catch up with the West. Sadly, the CCP only knows how to control their people and continue to tighten their people and the West has started to take advantage of it. Hong Kong rights are the outcome of the CCP’s strategy.

    After travelling in China for two weeks my understanding is that the East is losing it. The Chinese leaders had controlled their people, made them work cost-effectively and brought the Western companies to China which was a good strategy to develop the country. The million-dollar question is what is the strategy for post-development China? Can you continue to control the middle-class people forever? Material prosperity alone is not enough to dominate the world. Germans and Japanese had material property but they didn’t dominate the world. If the Germans, Japanese and Chinese couldn’t do it, South Asians can’t even think about it. I believe that whatever is happening in Hong Kong won’t stop. The Chinese government will continue to tighten the locals and the West will continue to use ‘freedom slogan’ to make the people turn against the CCP. Eventually, the locals will rise against the CCP. I believe that from now on is downhill for the Chinese government because the Western companies start to move out of China and people’s protests are getting momentum. The West adores people like Joshua Wong, but the East hates people like me because the Asian leaders are control freaks and the knowledge goes nowhere. All of my hardships to expose western democracy become meaningless for Asians strategical perspective. However, I never relied on Asians. I am prepared to struggles while making awareness of the Aboriginal people’s hardships. If Asians mean something the Australian Government would have deleted my citizenship, brought me to the street and traumatised as an illegal immigrant. Therefore, the East will never dominate the West. Sadly I must admit that the Asian century is merely a daydream.

    I am very certain that the Chinese leaders will not consider my knowledge because the West has plenty of knowledge to trick them so my knowledge would not benefit to Asians. If the Americans and British can trick Hitler 70 years ago it is very easy to trick Asians with the knowledge the West has gained during the last 70 years. Napoleon Bonaparte was a French military leader and emperor who utterly lost while invading Russia in 1812. Germany and the Soviet Union signed the German-Soviet Nonaggression Pact in 1939. However, Hitler decided to invade Russia, because the British had convinced Hitler that Germans and British are the same racially and traditionally. The British also influenced Hitler’s intelligence chief and made plenty of propaganda to dislike Russians, including pointing communism. During the 2nd World War, the British made models of cities and military hardware then took pictures and passed through the double agents to misled Hitler that the allied forces are moving in through a particular direction. I have seen all of my life how my family members and South Asians have been tricked by the West. Now I am seeing Chinese have been tricked. Material prosperity alone is not enough to dominate the world, we all know Germany and Japan had material prosperity but those countries never dominate the world.

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