Vietnam Business Delegation Visits the National Chamber

An 18 member Business Delegation from Vietnam visited the National Chamber of Commerce, recently, comprising of representatives from the Ministry of Industry & Trade of Vietnam, Vietnam Trade Promotion Agency and Vietnam companies engaged in different fields of business such as fertilizer machinery, oil and gas handicrafts, construction, electrical, freight forwarding logistics etc. The delegation had an interactive session with the Chamber members and exchanged information of possible business relations between the two countries.

The picture shows the Vietnam Delegation at the National Chamber of Commerce along with the President Mr Sunil G Wijesinha and Senior Deputy President, Mr Thilak Godamanna of the Chamber

Leader of the Vietnam Delegation being presented with mementoes by Mr Sunil G Wijesinha, President of the National Chamber of Commerce. Mr Thilak Godamanna, Senior Deputy.President (right) and Mr Sujeeve Samaraweera Deputy President (left) looking on.



National Chamber Conducts Training Program for SMEs in Hambantota


 The Group photo shows the participants at the training program at Hambantota with the facilitators, Mr Sunil G Wijesinha, Mr S C K Konara, and National  Chamber officials


The National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka in its on going programme in the outstations, to develop and expand the knowledge and skills of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) sector in the country, conducted another one day Training program in Hambantota with Hambanthota District Chamber on “Productivity & Quality through Japanese 5S and Standardization”. The facilitators were Mr. Sunil G Wijesinha, Productivity Consultant & a Corporate Trainer and also the President of the National Chamber and Mr. S C K Konara, Assistant Director of Sri Lanka Standards Institute. Senior Chamber officials participated at the event. The program was well structured and well attended.


National Chamber bilateral session with the UK High Commissioner

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National Chamber bilateral session with the UK High Commissioner

High Commissioner of UK will be the special guest speaker at a  session on “Bilateral Trade between Sri Lanka and UK “ on Wednesday 29 October 2014  from 3.00 p.m to 4.30 p.m at the Chamber Auditorium  No  450 D.R. Wijewardene  Mawatha, Colombo  10. The High Commissioner will be accompanied by Mr Gary Leslie, UK Head of Trade and Investment of the UK High Commission. They will speak on the current business trend, trade potential, opportunities for export, import, investment/ demand items and other services available for Sri Lankans. Participants will get an opportunity to interact with the High Commissioner and officials from the High Commission   and get information on the relevant areas.

According to the Dept of Commerce, UK is Sri Lanka’s second biggest export market after USA recording total export of US$ 1,112 Mn. in 2011.

Sri Lanka exports to UK -apparel, clothing accessories, rubber, tea, gems and jewellery, coir products, ceramics fruits, vegetables, toys etc. Sri Lanka imports from UK-, iron and steel, machinery and parts, beverages and spirits, pharmaceutical, fabrics  , plastic products are some of the items imported from U.K

Prospective investors from UK have shown interest in investing in projects in the fields of manufacturing fishing boats, processed food, cotton yarn, apparel, BPO operations, tourism and power generation etc.

The BOI has identified the following sectors as the target areas for promotion of FDI from UK, Tourism related, Textile and accessories, Metal working and light engineering, Electronics, IT & IT enable services, Infrastructure development, Training institutions, Business Process Outsourcing, Power generation.

Major potential items that can be exported to UK are - Knitted & Woven Garments, tea, Live Fish and frozen fish, Rubber tyres, Rubber Gloves, Spices, Coconut Fibre, Desiccated Coconut, Gem and Jewellery, Fruit and vegetable.  For reservation of the seminar kindly contact chamber 4741788 Mrs Fouad or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..







National Chamber Conducts “Budget Seminar 2015”

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National Chamber Conducts
“Budget Seminar 2015”

The National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka will conduct a post Budget seminar on Thursday, 30 October 2014 from 9.00 a.m to 12.30 p.m at the Chamber Auditorium No 450 D.R. Wijewardena Mw, Colombo 10.
The seminar will highlight the important aspects of the Budget 2015 the impact on economy and business arising from the new budget.

The key Speakers will be Mr. D. R. S. Hapuarachchi, Commissioner of Inland Revenue, Dr Deshal de Mel, Senior Economist, Hayleys PLC, Mr. N. R. Gajendran, Senior Partner Gajma & Co. Presentation on ‘Tax Proposals’ will be made by the Commissioner of Inland Revenue followed by a presentation on “Private Sector Perspectives “ by Mr Gajendra. Dr Deshal De Mel, Senior Economist will give his reviews and the economic impact on business of the Budget 2015.

A panel discussion will be held and comprised of Mr Nandika Buddhipala, Chief Financial Officer, Commercial Bank, Mr Nistar Sulaiman, Partner, Ernst & Young and speakers mentioned above.

As seats are limited kindly contact the Chamber Secretariat at the earliest on TP 4741788 or email : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for reservation.

The National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka
450, D.R. Wijewardene Mw, Colombo -10

21 October 2014

National Chamber conducts seminar on “Benefits of Nanotechnology for the Industries”

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National Chamber conducts seminar on

“Benefits of Nanotechnology for the Industries”

An awareness seminar on one of the most exciting and fast moving  areas of science today  - Nanotechnology- will be held on  Tuesday 28 October 2014 from  3.00 p.m to 5.00 p.m  at the chamber auditorium , 450 D R Wijewardene Mw, Colombo -10, organized by the National Chamber of Commerce in association with SLINTEC, Sri Lanka  Institute of Nanotechnology. The resource persons will be  from SLINTEC- Mr Harsha  de S Wijeratne, CEO, Prof  Veranja  Karunaratne, Associate Director-Science & Strategic Relations and Dr Shehan de Silva, Manager Strategic Planning /Senior Scientist/ Doctor of  Nanotechnology. They will explain in detail  the benefits of nanotechnology that could be derived by  all sectors of  industry, such as textiles, apparel, agriculture, ceramic, healthcare, ICT, manufacturing beauty care etc.

Nanotechnology is the art and science of manipulating atoms and molecules, shrunk down to a small scale , to create  new systems, materials and devices . Making new things on this incredibly small scale is called nanotechnology,which will offer Companies new and improved products and processes  to innovate and enter new markets . Nanotechnology is changing the world and the way we live, creating scientific advances and new products that are smaller, faster, stronger, safer, and more reliable.

Sri Lanka’s first Nanotechnology Research Centre and Nanoscience Park was opened last year,  set up on a 50 acre land in Pitipana, Homagama, and established with Government and private sector participation . The nanotechnology park aims to create opportunities for all businesses to develop new products through a collaborative innovation process, taking them from research through development towards commercialization.


For reservation for the seminar  kindly contact the Chamber TP 4741788 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..