The India SME Accelerator Network, together with the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka (BOI) and the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL), hosted a webinar on “Business Opportunities in Sri Lanka.”
Held on the 8th of October, the event was supported by the India-ASEAN Sri Lanka Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Introducing the main objective of the session, Shalini Dabholkar, Chief Executive Officer of India SME Accelerator Network (ISAN), elaborated on the importance of creating awareness on opportunities related to investment and trade between India and Sri Lanka.
Focusing on investment potential from the Indian market, Prasanjith Wijayatilake, Executive Director of BOI, covered Sri Lanka’s economy, investment climate, and its opportunities in a brief presentation. Key highlights were Sri Lanka’s Post-Covid economic recovery, market access and workforce competitiveness in terms of talent and productivity. He also provided insight into near term investment opportunities in pharmaceuticals and textile manufacturing in proposed export processing zones in Hambantota and Eravur, both of which are planned to kick off in early 2021. The presentation was concluded by highlighting India’s contributions to Sri Lanka from an FDI perspective.
Following up on the BOI presentation, Srikumar Balasubramaniyam, Director, Jay Jay Mills Lanka presented a testimonial on his company’s operations in Sri Lanka. A leading player in the country’s apparel sector, since 2003, he emphasized Sri Lanka’s infrastructure facilities, education, and skilled workforce while also elaborating on the very high quality of life on the island.
This was followed up with a Q & A session, focused on “setting up in Sri Lanka”, which prioritized identified target sectors, current investment thresholds, and applicable incentives on investment.
Ajith Perera, representing the FCCISL, spoke at length on the existing trade relations between the countries, with a focus on areas of improvement to the existing trade balance, as well as emerging opportunities for meaningful trade partnerships between the two business communities.
Rounding off the event, General (Retd.) Daya Ratnayake, Chairman SLPA, Soundara Rajan, Chairman, IASCCI, Ajith Perera, Secretary-General FCCISL, and Puneet Mehta, Assistant General Manager ICICI Bank, discussed relevant aspects of the bilateral trade relationship between India and Sri Lanka, covering a range of sub-topics from business opportunities to banking and trade promotion.