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Sri Lanka – Pakistan urged to strengthen trade and investment

Sri Lanka Pakistan Business Council of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a delegation from the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI).

LCCI is the oldest and largest trade body in Pakistan with strong credentials having a large membership base standing around 20 thousand members.

The delegation, led by Senior Vice President of the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry Amjad Ali Jawa consisted of Pharmaceuticals, IT & Beauty Sectors. The Sri Lanka Pakistan Business Council organized a Business Forum. Rohitha Thilakaratne, President of the Business Council welcomed the delegation and discussed the relationship the two countries enjoy and the possible opportunities that exists.

Addressing the delegates, Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan Dr Safraz Ahmed Khan Sipra mentioned importance of the Business Forum and the assistance the Pakistan High Commission is willing to extend.

Managing Director of State Pharmaceuticals Dr H U M Rumie, spoke on the topic of “Importing of Laboratory items and Medical Devices” especially highlighting the tender procedures.

Chrishan de Mel, Executive Director, Sri Lanka Association for Software & Services Companies elaborated on “What makes Sri Lanka a popular destination for IT/BPM services?”. Trihan Perera, President, Sri Lanka Pharmaceuticals Manufacturers Association discussed Pharmaceutical Manufacturing in Sri Lanka: Overview and Opportunities. Vidharshana Fernando, Executive Director of Board of Investments of Sri Lanka encouraged investment opportunities available in the interested sectors.

The Business Forum ended with B2B meetings between the members of the Sri Lanka Pakistan Business Council and the delegates from the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industries.