ICC Sri Lanka meets ICC Switzer­land to im­prove busi­ness and co-oper­a­tion

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - ADVERTORIAL -

Dur­ing the visit of Keerthi Gu­nawar­dane, Sri Lanka Chair­man of the In­ter­na­tional Cham­ber of Com­merce to Switzer­land had a fruit­ful meet­ing Thomas Pletscher the Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of In­ter­na­tional Cham­ber of Com­merce Switzer­land at Zurich. This was the first ever such meet­ing took place with the ICC Sri Lanka and ICC Switzer­land to dis­cuss busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able for the mem­bers in their re­spec­tive coun­tries.

The meet­ing was graced with the pres­ence of Sri Lankan Trade Am­bas­sador /PR of Sri Lanka to the WTO R.D.S. Ku­mararatne who was the for­mer Direc­tor Gen­eral of the Depart­ment of Com­merce Sri Lanka ac­com­pa­nied by the Honorary Con­sul Gen­eral for Sri Lanka in Switzer­land Vi­dar­shana Mu­nas­inghe.

The ICC Chair of Sri Lanka, while in­tro­duc­ing the Sri Lankan rep­re­sen­ta­tives to the ICC Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of Switzer­land and the Deputy Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Em­manuelle Ben­itez de Roux, he ex­plained the role of ICC of Sri Lanka in pro­mot­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties and com­pe­ten­cies of Sri Lankan in­dus­tries to global busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment, in par­tic­u­lar Sri Lankan ca­pa­bil­i­ties in the area of IT and man­u­fac­tur­ing.

Am­bas­sador Ku­mararatne high­lighted the op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able in Sri Lanka for busi­nesses as a man­u­fac­tur­ing and ser­vices hub which is com­ple­mented by highly qual­i­fied and lit­er­ate labour force and en­abling busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment. Ac­cess to neigh­bour­ing mar­kets such as In­dia and Pak­istan through the ex­ist­ing FTAs would pro­vide fur­ther op­por­tu­ni­ties for Swiss en­trepreneurs. The cur­rent eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment in the coun­try would fur­ther fa­cil­i­tate to strengthen such busi­ness en­gage­ments. Sri Lanka as pi­o­neer­ing party to GATT and its suc­ces­sor WTO is com­mit­ted to rule based trad­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

The Honorary Con­sul Gen­eral Vi­dar­shana Mu­nas­inghe high­lighted on the up­com­ing project on the SRI LANKA Cul­tural-Trade & Food Fes­ti­val which is to take place from Septem­ber 9th to 11th 2016. Par­tic­i­pa­tion of Can­tonal Pres­i­dents from all 14 Can­tons, high rank of­fi­cers from Can­ton Zurich, Am­bas­sadors and Con­sul Gen­er­als from seventy seven coun­tries are ex­pected at this event.

From Left to Right Keerthi Gu­nawar­dane - Chair­man ICC Sri Lanka, Thomas Pletscher - Sec­re­tary Gen­eral ICC Switzer­land, R.D.S. Ku­mararatne - Sri Lankan Trade Am­bas­sador /PR of Sri Lanka to the WTO and Vi­dar­shana Mu­nas­inghe - Honorary Con­sul Gen­eral for Sri Lanka in Switzer­land

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