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IFC Country Manager visits CCC

Chamber keen to work with IFC:

IFC Country Manager for Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Ameena Arif visited the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) last week. She was met by its Chairman Samantha Ranatunga.


Chairman, CCC, Samantha Ranatunga with Country Manager, IFC Sri Lanka, Ameena Arif.

Ranatunga said the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce is keen to work with the IFC.

"The Chamber has a rich history and a sound resource structure, which can be put into use to implement any viable project for the purpose of development of the country," he said.

Ranatunga outlined the importance of using IFC's expertise to transfer knowledge into specific sectors of Sri Lanka, such as 'highlighting the importance of trade agreements' to the Lankan stakeholders.

Arif said the IFC is focusing on financing financially viable projects in Sri Lanka, and highlighted potential areas such as infrastructure, tourism, agribusiness, energy and finance.

"The project, IFC gets involved should be viable and also should have a development aspect into it," she said adding that the IFC is willing to work with the public and the private sectors.

Dhara Wijayatilake, CEO of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and Alikie Perera, Deputy Secretary General of the Chamber also were present at the meeting. Priyanka Coorey, Senior Investment Officer at the IFC Sri Lanka, accompanied Arif.

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