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Seated Left to Right : Mrs. Erandi Ponnamperuma - Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, Niral Kadawatharatchie - Freight Links International, Charge D’ Affairs Ms. Khadheeja Najeeha, Embassy of the Maldives in Sri Lanka, Devinda Lorensuhewa - Kelani Cables & Ms. Shenali Panabokke - Eastern & Allied Agencies. Standing Left to Right: Ikram Ghazali-CMA CGM Lanka, Kevin Edwards – E.B. Creasy & Company, Arulanandan – Finlay Insurance Brokers, Hussain Hashim – Malship (Ceylon) Ltd, Priyantha Kolonnage – Pyramid Wilmar (Pvt) Ltd.

Sri Lanka – Maldives Business Council (SLMBC) of The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce held its 9th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Friday 25 August , 2017 at the Hilton Colombo Residences and  Charge D’ Affairs Ms. Khadheeja Najeeha from the Embassy of the Republic of Maldives was the Chief Guest at the event.

Welcoming members and guests to the event, President of SLMBC, Niral Kadawatharatchie said, “As we all know, the main objective of our Business Council is to promote trade and tourism between the two countries and also to facilitate investments. In this context, we have done well. If you look at the figures indicated in the annual report, you will see that the trade has increased from 10 billion in 2015 to 14 billion rupees in 2016. The tourist arrivals in 2016 has also been increased from 90,000 in 2015 to 95,000 in 2016. It is just a 5% increase but hopefully it will be better in the years to come.

We have done well in both counts, but I would like to urge all our members in the Council to do more. The secretariat is actively involved in promoting trade, tourism and investments in the Maldives. One of the areas that we are actively promote is the trade exhibitions held in the Maldives. Our members are welcome to take part in the hotel Asia exhibition in the Maldives. We are more than happy to help any Sri Lankan company willing to participate in these exhibitions held in the Maldives. This is one and easy way to promote trade. This method has been proven very successful”.