The 21st Annual General Meeting of the Sri Lanka – China Business Council of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce was held recently at Cinnamon Grand, Colombo. The Chief Guest, His Excellency Dr. Palitha Kohona, Ambassador of Sri Lanka in China, as well as Mrs. Nalika Kodikara the Economic and Commercial Counsellor, Embassy of Sri Lanka in China, and Mr. LI Guangjun, the Economic and Commercial Counsellor, Embassy of People’s Republic of China joined the meeting online.
The Sri – Lanka China Business Council established on April 26, 2001, was formed under the aegis of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. The Council was formed at the request of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the main objective of promoting trade, investment, services and tourism between Sri Lanka and China.
Mr. Chaminda Perera, Co-Founder / Director of Deranya (Private) Ltd was elected by the members, as the President of the Sri Lanka – China Business Council for the year 2022-2023. Mr. Haroun Cader, Sinwa Holdings Ltd was elected as the Senior Vice President and Ms. Minidi Gamalath, Sudath Perera Associates was elected as the Vice President of the Sri Lanka – China Business Council for the period 2022 – 2023. Mr. Aruna Perera will serve on the Committee as the Immediate Past President. The Business Council members: Acorn Aviation (Private) Ltd., Bank of China Colombo Branch, David Peiris Motor Company (Pvt) Ltd., Ernst & Young, Heritage Teas (Pvt) Ltd., Prima Ceylon (Pvt) Ltd., Singer Sri Lanka PLC, Spillburg Holdings (Pvt) Ltd., South Asia Gateway Terminals (Pvt) Ltd., and Sunshine Tea (Pvt) Ltd were elected as Committee Members for the year 2022-2023.
During the period under review, the Council organized events and webinars for the benefit of its members and other companies engaged in doing business with China. This included a Virtual meeting with Mr. Anura Fernando, Consul General designate to Shanghai, to provide an opportunity for companies already doing business with China or businesses that wish to enter into the Chinese market to establish a dialogue with the Consul General designate; a webinar on Role of Embassies and Consulates in Promoting Exports and Investments, organized by International Chamber of Commerce in association with the Sri Lanka – China Business Council of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and European Chamber of Commerce; a webinar on Colombo Port City: A game changer at turbulent times in Sri Lanka organized by ICCSL in partnership with Sri Lanka-China Business Council, BCG, ACCA and the Daily FT; and a Dinner Meeting with Mr. Li Guangjun, Economic and Commercial Counsellor, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China
Companies interested in joining the membership of the Sri Lanka – China Business Council may contact Aneesha at the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce on tel. no. 0115588856 to obtain further information.