The Sri Lanka-Singapore Business Council (SLSBC) of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce successfully concluded a business mission to Singapore from 29th to 1st August 2015.
The mission was organized to coincide with the SBF Seminar on Doing Business in Sri Lanka followed by One-to-One Business Meetings which was organized by the Singapore Business Federation (SBF); the Apex Business Chamber in Singapore with over 18,000 members closely supported by International Enterprise (IE) Singapore; the Government Agency driving Singapore’s external economy and promoting the overseas growth of Singapore-based enterprises and international trade, in association with the Sri Lankan High Commission in Singapore.
The nineteen member delegation led by the SLSBC President Shamil Mendis, Chairman/ Managing Director of Spear Global Holdings (Pvt) Ltd resulted in a extremely productive visit to Singapore. The delegation comprised Janaka Gunasekera, Deputy Managing Director, A. Baur & Co. (Pvt) Ltd., Prajeeth Balasubramaniam, Managing Partner, Blue Ocean Ventures (Pvt) Ltd., Sriyal Dissanayake, Managing Director, Eastern Maritime (Colombo) Ltd., Amal Rodrigo, Director, Hayleys Free Zone Limited, Pradeep Moraes, Director, Indocean Developers Private Limited, Shiluka Goonewardene, Principal – Deal Advisory, KPMG, Andre Fernando, Chairman/ Managing Director, MAC Projects (Pvt) Ltd., Fayek Wafa, Director/CEO, MAC Projects (Pvt) Ltd., Rohitha Mendis, Managing Director, Prudential Shipping Lines (Pvt) Ltd., & Helanka Vacations (Pvt) Ltd., Sanath Fernando CEO, Ridgecrest Group (Pvt) Ltd., Sam Ahilan, Chairman, SP Matpol (Pvt) Ltd/Fiberdust LLC, Jeevan Gnanam, Director, St. Anthony’s Knowledge Services (Pvt) Ltd., Ms. Satheeka Kavisekera, Spear Global Holdings (Pvt) Ltd., A. Samson C. De Silva, Chairman/Managing Director, S.S. Impex (Pvt) Ltd., Mr. Vish Govindasamy, Group Managing Director, Sunshine Holdings PLC., Venga Yogarajan, CEO/Director, Sunshine Travels, U. C. Bandaranayake, Director, Valdhue & Walker (Pvt) Ltd., The mission was co-ordinated by Ms. Michelle Fernando, Management Executive of The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.
The objective of the SBF Seminar was to educate Singaporean companies on the potential opportunities in doing business with Sri Lanka. The event was attended by over a 100 participants from over 70 well established Singapore companies.
The Seminar concluded with scheduled one on one business meetings between the representatives of the Singapore companies and the Sri Lankan delegates as well as with the opportunity for the Singaporeans to interact with the officials of the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka and clarify matters relating to potential investments.
The Delegation also participated in a series of meetings at the Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SICCI), the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SCCCI) and the Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry (JCCI) which provided them an opportunity to network with the senior officials and members of the three Chambers.