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The Sri Lanka-Singapore Business Council (SLSBC) will promote business relations between Sri Lanka and Singapore, SLSBC President Shamil Mendis told members at the 17th Annual General Meeting of the council recently.

Seated (from left): Vice President Upali Bandaranayake, Vice President Rohitha Mendis, President Shamil Mendis, Vice President Prajeeth Balasubramaniam and Ms. Harshini Fernando of the Chamber Secretariat Standing (from left): B. C. Tan, SMs. Nirupa Peiris, Janaka Gunasekara, Johann Steinwall, Omar Fatha Rally, Director and Prasaj Pathirana.

Chairman and Managing Director, Spear International (Pvt) Ltd, Shamil Mendis was re-elected as President of the Council for 2014-2015.

He said that 2013-14 had been an eventful one and outlined some of the significant activities the Council had undertaken which included the Business Mission comprising a fifteen-member delegation to Singapore in June this year which was organised to coincide with the IE-SBF seminar on Doing Business in Sri Lanka.

The Council facilitated business meetings for members of the Council on two occasions with International Enterprise Singapore and their inward delegations to Sri Lanka and collaborated with the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) to conduct a survey involving selected Singapore companies operating in Sri Lanka.

This initiative was the first of its kind by the SLSBC to connect with trade organisations of other countries for the benefit of members.

The Council also organised a joint Networking Evening with the Singapore (Sri Lanka) Club providing an opportunity for members to interact and network with members of Singapore companies and the Singapore expatriate community in Sri Lanka.

A meeting was also held between the SLSBC Executive Committee and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Law of Singapore, K. Shanmugam, which took place over lunch hosted in honour of the Minister and his delegation where the discussion pertained to business between Singapore and Sri Lanka in line with renewed interest from Singapore companies to partner with Sri Lankan companies in the areas of infrastructure, retail, education and the logistics sectors.

Mendis said that the Council would undertake initiatives to further promote business relations between Sri Lanka and Singapore in the forthcoming year as well.

"The SLSBC co-operates with International Enterprise (IE) Singapore, the Singapore Business Federation, the Singapore-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Singapore-Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Singapore-Malay Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Sri Lanka High Commission in Singapore in the pursuance of its objectives," he said.

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