The ASEAN Economic Community Business Development Workshop

The High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in Pretoria , HE Mr. Sunil De Silva attended as a Distinguished  speaker at the above Workshop organized by M/s Worldtibe International Co, Ltd in collaboration with Durban Chamber of Commerce on 22nd January 2016 in Durban, South Africa and Mr. Sunil de Silva  made a comprehensive presentation on “Sri Lanka ……. Your Potential Business Partner ”  highlighting the key sectors and opportunities in Sri Lanka as a strategically important economic centre positions as sourcing, investment and tourist destination.


 At the out of the presentation at the Workshop participated by industry captains, investors, exporters , importers and distributors etc , the High Commissioner briefed the  trade relations between Sri Lanka and South Africa and African region as whole. Thereafter , while extending the invitation to the participants to be  active business partners  with Sri Lanka, a reputed global sourcing destination,  it was also  elaborated how potential export products are significant and recognised by international buyers ,in particular, the sectors such as apparel, rubber products, spices, coconuts  products, mineral products, porcelain and ceramics, boat building ,Banking,  ICT/BPO services etc ..

Further, while explaining why Sri Lanka is considered as an ideal investment destination in terms of low cost and skilled labour, supportive government policies, infrastructure etc,  the High Commissioner invited interested investors to harvest the potential benefit of investment opportunities available in Sri Lanka, an Emerging global centre for investment which offers unique competitive facilities and concessions and enjoy the duty free access to over 1.3 billion consumers through bilateral free trade agreements signed with both Pakistan and India.

At the end of the presentation,  the images  with regard to Sri Lanka’s identity enriched by cultural heritage, diversity, festivals year around, wildlife etc, were displayed. In conclusion, HE  invited the participants to visit Sri Lanka,  one of the world’s best tourist destinations.

After the presentation, there was a question and answer session and the HE provided explanation to all the questions raised by the participants.