National Chamber Conducts a Session on “Oil Exploration in Sri Lanka - Opportunities for the Private Sector”

National Chamber Conducts a Session on 

“Oil Exploration in Sri Lanka - Opportunities for the Private Sector”

 A seminar on petroleum and natural gas discovered in the Mannar Basin, under the topic ”Oil Exploration in Sri Lanka” will be held on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 from 3.00 p.m to 4.30 p.m.  at the National Chamber Auditorium, No 450, D. R Wijewardene Mw, Colombo -10.


 In this seminar, the National Chamber has invited the Petroleum Resource Development Secretariat (PRDS) to present the current status with regard to the availability of domestic oil and gas in offshore Sri Lanka. The keynote speaker Mr Saliya Wickramasuriya, Director General of Petroleum Resources Development Secretariat (PRDS) will explain in detail the benefits to the local and export markets, challenges of producing domestic fossil fuels, and the infrastructure required to deal with it.  With this new development, Sri Lanka will have many business opportunities arising out of oil exploration which will not only pertain to petroleum products sector but will span out to all other sectors of the economy- industrial, construction and engineering, aviation, chemical, banking and insurance, etc. For registration kindly contact the National Chamber on TP 4741788 (Suharshini) or on email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..





“Importance of Insurance in Sri Lanka in the Light of Industry Segregation”

National  Chamber  Seminar  on

“Importance of Insurance in Sri Lanka in the Light of Industry Segregation” 

An awareness seminar on the importance of insurance, current issues in insurance and why some insurance claims are not met will be some of the topics discussed at this seminar scheduled for Thursday 18 September 2014 from 1400 h to 1700 h (2.00 to 5.00 pm) organized by The National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka, at the Chamber Auditorium, No 450 D R Wijewardena Mawatha, Colombo 10. An expert in this field, Insurance Ombudsman, Dr Wickrama Weerasooriya  will deliver the keynote address. The Panelists who will be joining him will be Mr Ramal Jasinghe CEO, Asian Alliance Insurance PLC and Dr Jagath Alwis, Director, Ceylinco Insurance PLC. The other topics that would be covered at the seminar are: Why & what Corporates should insure, Insurance in Sri Lanka and its regulations, Are our Insurance Reliable, Credible and efficient?, Complexity of Insurance as compared with Banking and Current Issues in Insurance. For registration and other information please contact Vindya/Suharshini on 4741788 or e-mail to: 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.. Closing date:17 September 2014 

PORTS Chairman Addresses National Chamber Members

  The picture shows from left Mr Bandula Dissanayake, Secretary General/CEO, Mr Thilak Godamanna,Snr. Deputy President, Dr Priyath Wickrama, Mr Sujeeve Samaraweera, Deputy President, Mr Jagath Wjeweera, and Mr Thilak Perera of Customs at the session which had a full house

A Seminar/Forum on “Shipping Procedures, issues and the Way Forward “ organized by the National Chamber of Commerce was held at the chamber auditorium recently.. The keynote speaker was, Dr Priyath Wickrama Chairman of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority. The other speaker was Director General Customs Mr Jagath P Wijeweera . The seminar was well attended and had a full house.

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One Day Workshop- the latest procedures on the Export Trade

The National Chamber of Commerce will conduct a One day Workshop on Export Procedures & Documentation on Saturday 15 March 2014 from 8.30 am to 4.30 p.m at the chamber auditorium No 450 D. R Wijewardene Mw, Colombo – 10

The workshop is designed for those who are involved in exporting, and sourcing from overseas. It provides an overview of the principles involved in successful exporting, tips on how to avoid problems and ensure smooth running of contracts, profitably.

Subjects that would be touched on are :

Introduction to export, planning to export – strategic decisions, necessary export administration steps, incoterms,how to calculate an export price and make a profit, internal order processing and dispatch preparation,

How duty and other levies are calculated and a study of the important clearance documents and costing.

• Temporary import schemes in operation -including duty rebate scheme, temporary import for export processing schemes - bonds procedures and warehousing.
• Payment terms with regard to imports -- a review of the impact of each type (inc L/C's and Document Collections) on import payments.
• Incoterms 2000
• Regulations pertaining to imports & issuance of licenses for imports – trade policy and role of the Import/Export Controller
• Typical import steps and import order administration
• Tariff and commodity codes
• Modes of transport

Participants will have a an understanding of the necessary skills to ensure due diligence, seek quotations and place orders efficiently, ensure correct documentation for customs clearance into Sri Lanka including VAT compliance and complete costing to ensure profitable trading.

It will be beneficial for those involved in sourcing goods from overseas, including sales, purchasing, production and accounts staff. It also provides a good overview necessary for senior managers who have to delegate responsibility.

The Resource person will be Mr. J A D A Perera, Deputy Director of Customs, Sri Lanka Customs who has over 30 years of experience at Sri Lanka Customs in various department.

Participant pack includes course handouts and certificate. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. For further details kindly contact chamber TP 4741788 Buddika/Dilrukshi This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

1st Awareness Workshop for the National Business Excellence Awards 2014(NBEA)

The first Awareness Workshop for the   National Business Excellence Awards 2014 was  conducted on 25 July, at the National Chamber Auditorium with great success, to a large gathering of applicants  who has applied for the oncoming NBEA 2014. NBEA one of the most prestigious Awards Scheme and  highly recognized for its benchmark professionalism is conducted every year by  the National Chamber of Commerce for  companies that excels  in exemplary  business practices.  Participants at the awareness workshop were from various sectors such as agriculture, construction, gem & jewellery ,banking, ICT, hospitality & tourism, export sector etc.


The workshop was conducted by senior experts in this field, to assist the applicants how to fill in the applications in the correct manner so that they can score the highest marks at the competition. During the session the participants were able to ask questions and clarify many grey areas with regard to the filling of the applications. As at now there is a heavy demand for applications and already many applications have been issued out. Closing date for the applications- 10 October 2014. The Awards Ceremony will be held in December 2014.Awarding sectors healthcare and related services, insurance printing, shipping state sector media services, manufacturing etc. Please contact chamber Secretariat on  011 4741788 / 4741984 for details.