British Asia News Network
Sri Lanka:The US Coast Guard (USCG) carried out a port security capacity building programme at the Colombo Port with more than 25 Sri Lankan port officials from February 11 to 13 as a training programme according to the US Embassy.
In a statement, it said “Sri Lanka’s improved maritime security will not only provide greater protection against terrorism and other threats but also will enhance trade with other countries, contributing to Sri Lanka’s prosperity.”
Lieutenant Matt Arnold, the USCG’s liaison to Sri Lanka for Port Security initiatives heading the program, said Sri Lanka has demonstrated a strong commitment to port security apparent in the training.
“This capacity building program helped create the security environment that’s essential to increased trade and realizing Sri Lanka’s goal of becoming a regional hub for commerce,” he said.
Established in 2003 The USCG’s International Port Security Program was set to expand understanding of maritime security measures.