Case Studies

Transforming Strategic Planning

Sri Lanka Ports Authority

Corporate Strategic Plan
Business Process Re-Engineering
Transforming Strategic Planning

Key Outcomes

7.2 Million

Annual container throughput

#1 Port

in South Asia


Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) is a pivotal entity in the maritime sector of Sri Lanka, responsible for the development, maintenance, and operation of the country's ports. Recognizing the need for a comprehensive and forward-looking strategy to navigate the dynamic challenges of the industry, SLPA sought the expertise of HighFlyer, a renowned strategic consulting firm. The project was funded through a grant from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), aimed at enhancing the efficiency, competitiveness, and sustainability of SLPA's operations.

Strategic Planning Process

HighFlyer commenced the strategic planning process by conducting an in-depth analysis of SLPA's existing operational framework, market trends, and competitive landscape. The team engaged with stakeholders across various levels of the organization, as well as external partners and customers, to gather insights and identify key areas for improvement. The strategic plan was structured around four main pillars: operational excellence, digital transformation, environmental sustainability, and stakeholder engagement. Each pillar was supported by specific initiatives and measurable targets to guide the implementation phase.

Outcomes and Impact

The strategic plan developed by HighFlyer has set a clear direction for SLPA's future growth and development. The focus on operational excellence has led to the optimization of port operations, resulting in reduced turnaround times and increased capacity. The digital transformation initiatives have streamlined processes, enhanced data-driven decision-making, and improved customer experiences. Environmental sustainability measures have positioned SLPA as a leader in green port practices, aligning with global standards and attracting eco-conscious stakeholders. The emphasis on stakeholder engagement has fostered stronger partnerships and collaboration, contributing to the overall success of the strategic plan. The support from the ADB grant has been instrumental in ensuring the successful execution of the plan, positioning SLPA for continued success in the competitive maritime industry.


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