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National Chamber webinar: “Doing Business with Japan”

18 July, 2021

A webinar, “Doing Business with Japan” organised by the National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka was held recently.  The objective of the webinar was to create awareness on bilateral trade opportunities and challenges for Sri Lankan exporters in the Japanese market.

 National Chamber President Nandika Buddhipala said that it is extremely necessary to generate export revenue for the country at this needy hour and the expectation of the event is to pave the path to Japanese entrepreneurs to directly interact with Sri Lankan entrepreneurs. 

Deputy President of the National Chamber Anura Warnakulasooriya moderated the session and introduced the already launched digital platform by the National Chamber in order to find foreign buyers for Sri Lankan products and services. 

Sri Lankan Ambassador in Japan, Sanjiv Gunasekera outlined the difficulties that can be encountered by Sri Lankan entrepreneurs hoping to enter Japanese market.  

Charge d’affaires of Japan Embassy in Sri Lanka, Kitamura Toshihiro said that policy consistency is a key factor in decision making and port city project opens new business opportunities for Sri Lanka.

Chairman of the University Grants Commission, Prof. Sampath Amaratunga outlined the economic, socio-cultural, trade and investment aspects of both countries and the importance of Japanese investments for long term sustainability of Sri Lanka and the global economy. 

President, Sri Lanka Business Council of Japan, Jagath Ramanayake said that their association is ready to assist Sri Lankan entrepreneurs trying to enter the Japanese market. First Secretary (Commercial), Sri Lanka Embassy in Japan, Kapila J. Kumara, shared information on Japanese economy and behavioral aspects of the Japanese community.  Director, Market Development of the Sri Lanka Export Development Board, Ms. Anoma Premathilake said the market opportunities in the space of apparel, seafood and fishery products, tea, species and concentrates, solid and cushion tyres, industrial and surgical gloves of rubber in Japan for Sri Lankan entrepreneurs The National Chamber plans to conduct follow up sessions to develop business ties between the two countries.