Colombo Falls from 17th to 24th

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The World Bank (WB) has ranked Colombo Port 24th last year (2021), down seven positions, after being ranked 17th in the previous year (2020).

The publication titled ‘The Container Port Performance Index 2021’, tracked 370 ports last year as opposed to 351 in 2020. The Hambantota Port, built during the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime after taking a commercial US dollar loan from China, is not captured in either of these two studies.

The 23 ports in descending order which were ahead of Colombo last year were King Abdullah Port Saudi Arabia, Salalah Oman,  Hamad Port Qatar, Yangshan China, Khalifa Port Abu Dhabi, Tanger-Mediterranean Morocco, Ningbo China, Jeddah Saudi Arabia, Guangzhou China, Yokohama Japan, Algeciras Spain, Cartagena Colombia, Cai Mep Vietnam, Dammam Saudi Arabia, Port Said Egypt, Shekou China, Chiwan China,  Tanjung Pelepas Malaysia, Djibouti (a Sub-Saharan country), Buenaventura Colombia,  Kaohsiung Taiwan, Barcelona Spain and  Port of Virgina USA, respectively.

Meanwhile, in 2020, when Colombo was placed at a higher position at the 17th place, the 16 international ports which were ahead of Sri Lanka in descending order were Yokohama Japan, King Abdullah Port Saudi Arabia, Chiwan China, Guangzhou China, ,  Kaohsiung Taiwan, Salalah Oman, Hong Kong, Quingdao China, Shekou China, Algeciras Spain, Beirut, Shimizu Japan,,  Tanjung Pelepas Malaysia, Port Klang Malaysia, Singapore and Nagoya Japan, respectively.

By Paneetha Ameresekere