Business News Sri Lanka: The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce re-elected Dr. Hans Wijayasuriya as its Chairperson during the Chamber’s 181st Annual General Meeting on Thursday (25).
In his capacity as the Chief Executive Officer – Telecommunications Business and Group Executive Vice President, Dr. Hans Wijayasuriya heads the Telecommunications Business of the Axiata Group Bhd.
Mr. Vish Govindasamy, Group Managing Director of Sunshine Holdings, and Mr. Duminda Hulangamuwa, Senior Partner and Head of Tax at Ernst & Young, were re-appointed as Vice Chairperson and Deputy Vice Chairperson respectively.
Further to the office bearers above, the following were re-elected to the Board of The Ceylon Chamber:
Mr. Krishan Balendra, Chairperson, John Keells Holdings PLC; Mr. Husein Esufally, Chairperson, Hemas Holdings PLC; Mr. Pravir Samarasinghe, Director/ Group CEP, Overseas Realty (Ceylon) Ltd.; Ms. Shiromal Cooray, Chairperson and Managing Director, Jetwing Travels Ltd; Mr. Asoka Peiris, Managing Director of Cargills Food Company Ltd; and Mr. Manjula de Silva, Secretary General and CEO of The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.
The Guest of Honour at the AGM was His Excellency Gopal Baglay, High Commissioner for India in Sri Lanka. Addressing the meeting, H.E Baglay stated that as a friendly neighbour, India has been the first responder to floods and other natural calamities in Sri Lanka. Furthermore, there is a keenness by numerous Indian Chambers of Commerce for exploring opportunities with Sri Lanka, as India is among the top investors in the island.
“Going forward, there is substantial potential for cooperation in areas like energy – both conventional and non-conventional – as well as infrastructure and connectivity projects. Sri Lanka needs to look no further beyond India for a partner that can ensure “post-millennial energy security”. This is especially relevant in areas such as renewable and solar energy,” he said.
H.E Baglay also requested the Chamber to redouble its advocacy towards promoting engagement between India and Sri Lanka, for further success between both countries.
“The leaders of our two countries have set out a new agenda for our cooperation. A new agenda to build on existing strengths, and expand the emerging avenues and synergies,” he added.
Thereafter, Dr. Hans Wijayasuriya addressed the gathering on the Chamber’s role as the voice of the private sector, the public-private dialogue on the economy, and of the twin Black Swan events over the last year.