High Commissioner for Canada in Sri Lanka, Shelley Whiting last week said he was encouraged at the growing interest shown by Canadian companies in Sri Lanka across a multitude of sectors especially in infrastructure, education, aviation and renewable energy with 25% total merchandise trade growth in 2015.

Addressing the gathering at the 24th Annual General Meeting of the Sri Lanka – Canada Business Council of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, the Patron of the Council, Whiting expressed delight that “the Sri Lanka – Canada Business Council is celebrating 25 years of service to the Sri Lankan business community.

Meanwhile, President of the Council Chandev Abhayaratne emphasized the importance of further enhancing trade, attracting foreign direct investments to Sri Lanka and strengthening of the membership base of the Council during the period 2016 – 2017. The membership of the Council is comprised 60 companies across diverse sectors such as exports, imports, manufacturing, services and tourism amongst many others.

Bilateral Business Councils, an integral part of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC), play a vital role in the promotion of international business. The main activity of the Councils is expansion of business between Sri Lanka and the partner country.