NCCSL briefs Health Minister on Arogya 2012

A delegation headed by Mr. Asoka Hettigoda President of the National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka met Hon. Maithripala Sirisena, Minister of Health at the Ministry on 5th July 2012 to brief the progress of “Arogya 2012” International Healthcare Exhibition and Symposium organized by the National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka and the Ministry of Health.  In addition to the Hon. Minister, Senior officials from the Ministry including Mr. D M R B Dissanayaka, Additional Secretary, Mr. Somarathna Vidhanapathirana, Additional Secretary, Mr Ajith Mendis, Director General- Health Services, Dr. Neelamani Hewageeganage, Director, Health Education Bureau and Heads of Several Units in the Ministry participated at the briefing. 140 stalls have already been reserved by both Public and Private Sector organizations engaged in Healthcare sector.  Almost all the major private sector Hospitals including Nawaloka Hospital, Asiri Hospital PLC, Ninewells Hospital, Lanka Hospital, Oasis Hospital, Delmon Hospital and many medical related products and services providers have taken stalls. In addition, Health Ministries in Central, Sabaragamuwa, Southern, Northern and Eastern Provinces have also made their reservations. Many foreign countries such as  India and Singapore have confirmed their participation and Singapore, Bangladesh, Pakistan and China are expected to bring in their  business delegations to explore investment opportunities.  “Argoya 2012” will be held from 17th - 19th August 2012 at the BMICH Colombo. Exhibition will be opened for the public in all three days.

The  picture shows Mr. Asoka Hettigoda, President of National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka (right) and  Mr. Sujeiva P Samaraweera, Chairman, Arogya Steering Committee with the Hon. Maithripala Sirisena, Ministry of Health.

 

National Chamber meets the Director General of Commerce

A delegation from the National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka met Mr P D Fernando, Director General of Commerce on 27th June 2012 and explained to him the unfair competition that has to be faced by the local adhesive industry due to the influx of low quality adhesives from other countries at reduced duties. They pointed out that the import duty for adhesive from India & Pakistan are as low as 0% while the duties from other countries are in the range of 15%. This low duty regime has created an unfair competition to the local adhesive industry which supply about 60% of the local adhesive requirements mainly to the local footwear, furniture and other allied industries.  The Chamber requested the support of the Director General of Commerce especially in deciding tariff for high quality products that are successfully manufactured within the country so that the local industry could survive and help to save foreign exchange which otherwise  is spent on low quality imports.  They further requested the DG Commerce to convince the policy makers and to charge a cess for imported adhesive so that local industry will have a fair competition as against the present unfair competition. The Chamber representatives said that local adhesive industry was started in 1960s and performing well until the recent past and the reduced import duty introduced lately has adversely affected the industry. They further pointed out that Sri Lanka was exporting adhesive in the past but due to the import duty reduction the industry is presently struggling for survivals. Mr P D Fernando, Director General of Commerce pledged his support to convince the policy makers to look after the industry with fair practices. Mr Fernando thanked the National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka for bringing genuine issues so that the Department could actively engage in promoting the local industry. He also pointed out that the Chambers should highlight problems in this nature for the betterment of the local industry. 

Mr. P D Fernando, Director General of Commerce (center) discussing the issues. On his right are officials of the Department of Commerce. On his left are Mr. Nizer Cardar, Chairman – NCCSL Industries Committee and Mr. E M Wijetilleke, Secretary General/CEO of the National Chamber (extreme left).

NCCSL President Meets the new High Commissioner of Australia

Office bearers of The National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka paid a courtesy call on the High Commissioner of Australia recently. The discussion centered on promoting bilateral trade relations between Sri Lanka and Australia.

Picture shows H.E. Madam Robyn Mudie , High Commissioner of Australia exchanging souvenir with Mr. Asoka Hettigoda, President National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka (right) and Mr. Sujeiva Samaraweera, Hony Secretary, NCCSL (left)

NCCSL President Meets New Commercial Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy

Mr. Wang Yingqi, the newly appointed Commercial Counsellor of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Sri Lanka visited the National Chamber of Commerce and met Mr. Asoka Hettigoda, President NCCSL and other office bearers of the chamber. They had fruitful discussions on promoting and strengthening bilateral trade relations between Sri Lanka and the People’s Republic of China.

Mr. Wang Yingqi, Commercial Counsellor (left) exchanging a souvenir with Mr. Asoka Hettigoda, President, NCCSL. Mr. Sujeiva Samaraweera, Hony. Secretary NCCSL on the right.

National Chamber Signs MOU with ICMA

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka and the Institute of Certified Managements Accountants of Sri Lanka (ICMA) at the National Chamber recently. 

Picture shows Mr. Asoka Hettigoda, President, NCCSL (right) exchanging the MOU with Prof. Lakshman R Watawala, President, The Institute of Certified Management Accountants of Sri Lanka (ICMA) (left) at the National Chamber Boardroom

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