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Thai Prime Minister’s Delegation Explores Opportunities at Hambantota International Port

A delegation from the Thai Prime Minister’s office recently visited the Hambantota International Port (HIP) in Sri Lanka to delve into potential opportunities and gain insights into the port’s operations under the public-private partnership between the Sri Lankan government and CM Port.

The eight-member delegation, led by Ms. Wannaporn Niyomthong, Deputy Director from Directorate 8 of Thailand, included Surapat Phosaen, Minister Counselor from the Royal Thai Embassy in New Delhi, and five analysts, accompanied by Ms. Prangthip, Counsellor from the Royal Thai Embassy in Sri Lanka.

During the visit, Sabrina Edirisinghe, Senior Manager of Port Investment Services (PIS), delivered a comprehensive presentation to the delegates. The presentation covered various aspects of the port, including its facilities, current and potential business opportunities, and future plans. Six key areas of focus for HIP were highlighted: South Asia Energy Service Center, South Asia RORO Transfer Center, Maritime Service Center, Industrial Park, Container Transfer Center, and Sri Lanka Bulk Cargo Distribution Center. Discussions also revolved around the port’s plans to initiate its first phase of container operations.

Tissa Wickremasinghe, COO of Hambantota International Port Group (HIPG), expressed the significance of the visit, stating, “We see this visit as a follow-up to the HIP team’s tour of the Port Authority of Thailand earlier this year. The free trade agreement Sri Lanka and Thailand are preparing to sign provides further impetus for these interactions, and HIP wishes to engage with Thai businesses and investors on several levels. They have shown interest in the different pillars of the port’s activities, and we hope to explore mutually beneficial business and investment opportunities.” Source –

The visiting delegation with HIPG team


Ms. Sabrina Edirisinghe, HIP Port Investment Services Senior Manager, presenting to the visiting delegation

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