The recently concluded Sri Lanka Investment Forum 2021 (SLIF 2021), organized by the Board of Investment, The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and the Colombo Stock Exchange facilitated One to One meetings between Foreign Investors and FDI Project Promoters and Listed Corporates.
The forum facilitated over 150 virtual meetings which were seen as productive by Foreign Investors as well as the participating Sri Lankan institutions. Leading Sri Lankan institutions that joined the forum to present Sri Lanka’s investment propositions included State Institutions, listed companies, investment banks and consulting firms from over 18 industry sectors.
The virtual platform provided a convenient environment for Investors and promoters to set up meetings at mutually convenient times. The platform also enabled query and chat facilities which facilitated rapid responses to investor queries many of which are expected to result in deeper follow up engagements going forward.
Commenting on these meetings, Sanjaya Mohottala, Chairman BOI stated, “We are very encouraged by the response from international investors for the FDI projects showcased at SLIF, with a significant number of project partners connecting one-on-one during the B2B sessions over the three days, with more meetings scheduled in the coming weeks. For the FDI side, prospective investors had a catalogue of almost fifty large scale FDI projects valued at over USD 5 billion, detailing opportunities to invest in Sri Lanka across multiple sectors ranging from hospitality and leisure, infrastructure, renewable energy to oil and gas”.
CSE Chairman, Dumith Fernando added, “The SLIF provided excellent results with a large number of foreign investors speaking directly with listed companies virtually at a time when physical investor meetings are not possible. From the perspective of Sri Lankan listed companies, many were delighted by the new and diverse investors they were introduced to at the forum. At the same time, investors were pleased to see the breadth of information and transparency achieved through the SLIF which would be useful in their future investment decisions”.
The complete video archive of the SLIF 2021 proceedings can be viewed at www.invest-srilanka.lk
SLIF 2021 was supported by the following partners and sponsors: International Finance Corporation (Knowledge Partner), Boston Consulting Group ( Strategic Partner), Port City Sri Lanka (Flagship Project Partner), Microsoft (Technology Partner), HSBC (Banking Partner), Asia Securities (Platinum Partner), Shangri-La (Hospitability Partner), SLASSCOM (IT-BPM Sector Partner), FairFirst Insurance (Insurance Partner), Dialog (Communication partner), Citibank (Gold Sponsor), CAL (Gold Sponsor), NSB Fund Management (Silver Sponsor), CT CLSA (Silver Sponsor), NDBIB (Silver Sponsor), Melstacorp (Bronze Sponsor), Softlogic Stockbrokers (Bronze Sponsor).