“As the National Chamber, we have a direct bearing on the future of our motherland; thus we have embarked on a transformative journey to unlock the future success of our business community,” said the President of National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka (NCCSL), Deepal Nelson, who was re-elected as President at its 65th Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Kingsbury Hotel.
“We are focusing on leveraging technology to face future challenges and explore opportunities while motivating members to become active participants in domestic and international trade.”
The local business community showed tremendous resilience in the face of the worst economic crisis, Nelson said.
He said that they appreciated the action taken by the Central Bank to revive the economy.
Nelson emphasised the key objectives for the year 2024; youth and women empowerment programs, skills development initiatives focusing on rural economy, projects to support the commercialisation of novel inventions and sustainable development initiatives for the SME community.
“We have dealt with the most severe economic crisis in history and yet we have not recovered as there is strong sense of uncertainty in existence and steps should be taken to overcome this.”
Digital Law Specialist, Partner Heritage Partners and Director at Sri Lanka CERT|CC, Jayantha Fernando, made a presentation on, “Laws impacting digital transformation in Sri Lanka” as the guest speaker of the event.
Secretary Dr. Lakmal Fernando said that the Chamber remains committed to driving economic growth, fostering collaboration, and championing the interests of its members. The guest of honour was Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya and the Governor of the Central Bank Dr. P. Nandalal Weerasinghe was the keynote speaker.
The theme of the 65th AGM reflected the transformative journey of the National Chamber focused in the year 2024, titled, ‘innovate, adopt and thrive’ to unlock the future success of the business community of the country.
The following office-bearers were also elected at the AGM:
Senior Deputy President: Anura Warnakulasooriya, Deputy President: Kavinda Rajapaksa, Honorary Secretary: Dr. Lakmal Fernando, Honorary Treasurer: Chamika Godamanna.