BCIU hosts briefing for President Rajapaksa
The Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU) hosted a
briefing for President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday morning in New York
City, states a release from the President's Media.
The meeting was organised with two primary objectives. One was to
gather representatives from major US companies that are either already
investing in Sri Lanka or have an interest in exploring potential
investment opportunities in the country. These representatives were
given the opportunity to brief the President about their company's
interests as well as discuss with the President and other high-level Sri
Lankan officials a variety of matters pertaining to doing business in
Secondly, the Sri Lankan officials at the meeting had the opportunity
to brief this private sector group of the opportunities and benefits
available in Sri Lanka.
While stating that 'peace and stability' in the country is the
greatest benefit Sri Lanka can offer to incoming companies, President
Rajapaksa said that the country is also able to offer a highly skilled
Some of the sectors that were highlighted as having immense potential
for new investments were the services, healthcare and tourism sectors.
Representatives from a number of leading US companies, including
those such as Boeing, Citigroup and Exxon Mobil, participated in the
briefing, many of whom expressed interest in entering the Sri Lankan
market. BCIU is an international business association that was launched
in 1955 as an initiative of the White House under US President Dwight D.
The organisation promotes commerce and diplomacy as a non-partisan
facilitator of dialogue and alliances for the world's leading businesses
and political leaders. Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris,
Members of Parliament A.H.M. Azwer and J.R.P. Suriyapperuma, Secretary
to the President Lalith Weeratunga, Permanent Representative of Sri
Lanka to the United Nations Dr. Palitha Kohona, Sri Lanka's Ambassador
to the United States Prasad Kariyawasam and the Deputy Permanent
Representative Maj. Gen. Shavendra Silva also attended the briefing.