Hambantota International Port Group (HIPG), the public-private partnership between CM Port and the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) set up to manage the Hambantota International Port (HIP), claims it has made “phenomenal progress” over the past 18 months and is no longer a ‘White Elephant’. As evidence of gains made recently. HIPG cites that fact that the 9-storey administration building within the port, the Hambantota Maritime Centre, is now 95 % occupied.
HIPG’s General Manager, Port Related Industries, Tim Xiao, says, “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.” Tenants include leading shipping agencies such as Hayleys Advantis, Aitken Spence, Hamka Shipping, Ceyline Shipping, and financial institutions NDB & People’s Bank, and conglomerates such as Sinopec Oil.Xiao adds, “All the organisations occupying the building are well aware of the potential of their location. We have just one more slot left and are waiting for the right partner, who would fit in with the current dynamic mix of the Hambantota Maritime Centre.”