Meeting with Thai Government Delegation Explores Business Collaboration Opportunities between Sri Lanka and Thailand


The Sri Lanka – Greater Mekong Business Council (SLGMBC) of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a productive meeting with the Thai Government Delegation representing the Department of Trade Negotiations of Thailand. The meeting aimed to foster business collaboration between Sri Lanka and Thailand and provide valuable insights into trade opportunities and investment prospects in both countries.

The event featured distinguished guests, including H.E. Poj Harnpol, Ambassador of Thailand to Sri Lanka, Mrs. Aumaporn Futrakul, Executive Director of the Bureau of Asia, Africa, and Middle East Department of Trade Negotiations at the Ministry of Commerce of Thailand, and Mr. Sanjeewa Wickramasuriya, President of the Sri Lankan Association Thailand (SLAT), as well as Mr. S.M.D. Suriyakumara, President of the SLGMBC, and representatives of The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and the Thai-Sri Lanka Chamber of Commerce (TSLCC).

The primary objective of the meeting was to equip the Sri Lankan business community based in Thailand with updated information on conducting business in Sri Lanka, while also fostering enhanced  understanding of the opportunities for bilateral trade and investment between Sri Lanka and Thailand.

In this regard, Mrs. Futrakul shared valuable insights into Thailand’s Free Trade Agreement (FTA) strategy. Referencing the proposed Free Trade Agreement between Thailand and Sri Lanka, she expressed confidence that it would enhance Thailand’s investment in Sri Lanka in various sectors such as construction, infrastructure, agro-industry, fishery, gems and jewellery, tourism and related services industry, while providing Sri Lankan industries and consumers with enhanced access to Thailand’s market such as automotive, machineries, electronics, appliances, sugar and plastics.

Mrs. Ruvini Fernando, Director -PPP Advisory and Deals Strategy of PricewaterhouseCoopers, delivered a comprehensive overview of opportunities for collaboration between Sri Lanka and Thailand, highlighting key sectors and investment possibilities.

Throughout the event, attendees had the opportunity to engage with the Thai government representatives, raising pertinent questions and discussing matters related to conducting business in Sri Lanka and exploring investment opportunities for establishing joint ventures in the country.

The meeting served as a valuable platform for meaningful dialogue, networking, and knowledge sharing between the Thai Government Delegation, the Sri Lankan business community, and key stakeholders.