A group of businessmen from Britain visited Sri Lanka recently. The visit was organised by the British Sri Lankan Association of the United Kingdom (BRISLA).
The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) with the Council for Business with Britain (CBB) organized a forum for the visiting biz delegation.
President of BRISLA, Dr. Zimar Sivardeen who led the delegation said the main objective was to promote Sri Lankan interests in the UK and help enhance ties between the two nations. It focussed on promoting two way ties in trade and investments, education and health by way of bringing in interested parties from the UK to Sri Lanka.
The delegation also spoke about the upcoming BRISLA Awards, to be held on October 17 at the Lord’s Cricket Ground. This awards ceremony is an opportunity to celebrate the successes achieved by the British Sri Lankan community in variety of fields and recognizing those who work to improve the welfare and integration of British Sri Lankan communities within the wider British society.
The 150th anniversary of the tea industry will be a key theme at the forthcoming BRISLA Awards night and a special auction will be held to mark the occasion.
The visiting delegation comprised Director, Specsavers Opticians, New Malden, Dr. Zimar Sivardeen, Director of Ossington Associates Ltd., Dr. Janak Gunatilleke, Neil Southwell, CEO and MD of JE2 Limited, a multi-functioned independent consultancy that provides subject matter advice and services for education in the tertiary sector (secondary school and university) and cyber security and Managing Director, TerraBlu Homecare, Richard Gould. Chief Economist, CCC, Anushka Wijesinhe outlined the present status of the Sri Lankan economy.
He also spoke of the potential, the Sri Lankan Startup ECO System has.
Country Manager of Youth Business Sri Lanka, Vartharaja Kumaraguru stressed the importance foreign investments can have on Sri Lankan entrepreneurship development.
The delegates also listened to General Manager of Avery Dennison, Lakshitha Dharmawansa, who highlighted their successful joint venture in Sri Lanka.
The Chamber also arranged meetings with government officials.
Assistant Secretary General of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, Mrs. Cherryl Rodrigo was also present during the meeting. BRISLA organized this tour in collaboration with the Department for International Trade (DIT) of the British High Commission in Colombo.