Ceylon Chamber of Commerce
The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce extends its warmest congratulations to the United National Front for Good Governance, the coalition led by the United National Party, for their decisive victory at the just concluded General Elections for the 8th Parliament.

We believe that the elections were conducted in a free and fair manner, allowing the people to peacefully exercise their franchise. We take this opportunity to extend our gratitude to the Commissioner of Elections, the Police Chief and the Officials of the respective institutions for creating this environment. Equally, we also wish to extend our appreciation to the President and the Political Party Leaders, who extended their support towards this initiative.

We sincerely hope that the winners as well as losers will accept the final outcome of this election, in a peaceful manner, without disturbing the normalcy and day-to-day life of the people, demonstrating our respect towards democratic ideals.

As the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce had been reiterating in the past, the country is faced with many a challenges; such as ensuring harmony and national integration, strengthening democratic institutions  and rule of law and governance and adopting inclusive development strategies. We believe that being elected to govern the nation, the most critical responsibility of the new government is to work together with all the concerned stakeholders and develop prudent strategies and plans to overcome the critical challenges that the nation is faced with.

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce would like to reassure its unstinted commitment and wholehearted support to work and engage productively with the newly elected government in transforming Sri Lanka to a prosperous nation.

Exporters’ Association of Sri Lanka
The Exporters’ Association of Sri Lanka (EASL) extended its congratulations to the United National Front for Good Governance, the coalition led by the United National Party, for its decisive victory at the just-concluded Parliamentary general elections.

The EASL is looking forward to the Government’s facilitation to reach the $50 Billion Export target as enunciated by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce at its recently concluded Economic Summit.  It endorses and reiterates the direction advised by the Chamber that the Government must engage with the relevant stakeholders and develop prudent strategies which address the critical challenges the Nation and indeed, the Export sector currently face.

EASL further stated that it is vital to address the constraints that stifle development and growth within the country which compels Sri Lankan Companies to seek to set up bases in other hubs in the region, in order to achieve their growth potential. Capacity building through education and development of skills within the industry together with dialogue and transparency in decision making processes by Export related Organizations within the Government will ensure their relevance going forward.

National Chamber of Exporters of Sri Lanka
The National Chamber of Exporters of Sri Lanka (NCE) congratulates the United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG) led by Hon. Ranil Wickremasinghe, Prime Minister Elect on its convincing victory following a peaceful General Election.
This victory should enable the Government to accelerate the development of the country in an environment of good governance, law and order, transparency, and equality, which was begun on the 8th of January this year following the Presidential Election.

The NCE which is the only private sector Chamber which exclusively serves, and represents Sri Lankan exporters as the ‘Voice of the Exporter’, has been encouraged by the positive statements made by leaders of the government during the election campaign, recognizing the vital contribution made by exports to the Economic Development of Sri Lanka. In this context the Chamber is pleased to note that the government will give utmost priority to export led growth, by creating a dynamic environment, with the necessary incentives and assistance to export enterprises, as well as to attract Foreign Direct Investments in a substantial way for dynamic export led growth, transfer of technology, exploit export markets, and create employment opportunities in the country, to achieve the new employment target of one million of the government during the next five years.

The Chamber would also expect the Government to provide reasonable protection and assistance to local enterprises to play a dynamic role in a competitive environment of export led growth for sustainable development.

The Chamber which has a membership of over 500 export enterprises including some of the big Export Houses in Sri Lanka, as well as a large number of SMEs, who generate more than half of Sri Lanka’s export earnings, stands ready to extend its fullest cooperation to the Government to develop and implement dynamic and comprehensive export strategies and programmes to accelerate economic development in Sri Lanka, during the next five years, as envisaged in the manifesto of the UNFGG.  The Chamber trusts policy-makers of the Government will consult the Chamber during all stages of development and implementation of its export led programs of action.

SLAITO writes to PM
President of the Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators (SLAITO) Mahen Kariyawasam last week congratulated Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe on his re-election. In a letter addressed to Wickremasinghe, SLAITO Chairman commended the inclusion of tourism in the government’s proposed Five Point Plan to Develop Tourism Mega Zones in the South, Cultural Triangle areas and also to encourage high spending tourists to visit Sri Lanka.

“We are pleased to confirm our unstinted support to you to carry forward the objective of making the tourism industry one of the top foreign exchange earners to the country. We look forward to building upon the close relationship that we have maintained with you in the past and we reiterate our Commitment to you and   the Government,” Kariyawasam said in a short message.