The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce has acclaimed the successful completion of the of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) and the Commonwealth Business Forum. In addition the Chamber also congratulated President Mahinda Rajapakse for assuming responsibility as the Chairperson-in-Office of the Commonwealth Nations.
In a statement released by the chamber it said the position of the Chair will no doubt have a positive impact in leveraging Sri Lanka’s future benefiting its people. The statement went on to say that CHOGM 2013 and the Commonwealth Business Forum had provided strong platforms for Sri Lanka to take opportunities in the emerging global market.
“The CCC hopes that the participation of over 700 foreign delegates will materialize with significant contribution in creating new Commonwealth business relations with Sri Lanka in the years to come. It is now in the hands of the private sector to exploit the benefits of CHOGM and the Business Forum to open doors to new business opportunities. CCC commends the Sri Lanka Tourism Bureau for organizing the International Tourism Forum where for the first time over 150 foreign travel and tour operators from 14 countries met approximately 400 local leisure sector operators in back to back meetings. It’s a great opportunity to showcase the country’s capacity to the foreign travel operators as they will now know what they will be offering to their clients”.
“The ‘Reflection of Sri Lanka’ trade exhibition organised by the Ministry of Industry of Commerce showcased a range of high quality products alongside the events for the foreign dignitaries and local visitors to get a first hand exposure to the products and services that are available in our country. As a result of the Commonwealth Business Forum, the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce is in the process of organising a business promotion mission from Sri Lanka to Seychelles in early January 2014 having made contact with the visiting high powered delegation.
“It’s also important to note that CCC is the first-ever chamber to represent a Sri Lankan delegation in Seychelles. The target sectors in this mission are boats and floating structures, fruits and vegetables, tourism, furniture, resort supplies, gems and jewelry and tea,” concluded the statement.
Business deals were made during CHOGM although they might not directly have been due to the business forum as in the case of the New Zealand Foreign minister Murray McCully signing a diary co-operation agreement worth about $2m, and a Chinese firm agreeing $500m worth of tourism related developments.