Sri Lanka–Singapore Business Council marks 50-year partnership | Sunday Observer

Sri Lanka–Singapore Business Council marks 50-year partnership

Seated (from left): Tan Beng Chuan – Vice President, Rohitha Mendis – Immediate Past President, Prajeeth Balasubramaniam – President, Janaka Gunasekera - Vice President, and? Shiluka Gunawardena - Vice President.
Standing (from left): Jerome Brohier, Vice President, Aitken Spence Cargo, Indhra Kaushal Rajapaksa, Chairman/Group Managing Director, Kalhari Enterprises, Ms. Kumi Miranda, Head of Leasing, Overseas Realty, Tilak Gunawardana, Chief Financial Officer, MAC Holdings, Shamil Mendis, Chairman/Managing Director, Spear International, Dushyantha Perera, Partner, Sudath Perera Associates, Eric Wikramanayake, Chairman, Tengri Aero Industries and Ms. Dinithi Dias, Manager, Business Councils, Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.?

The 23rd Annual General Meeting of the Sri Lanka–Singapore Business Council (SLSBC) of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce was held recently via Zoom.

Prajeeth Balasubramaniam, Managing Partner, BOVCapital, was elected as the President of the Council for 2020-2021.

Janaka Gunasekara - Deputy Managing Director, Agri Inputs, A Baur & Company, Tan Beng Chuan - Group General Manager, Prima Ceylon and Shiluka Gunawardena, Partner KPMG were elected as Vice Presidents of the Council. Under the new leadership of the Council, the first webinar was held on July 27 to celebrate 50 years of diplomatic partnership with Singapore and Sri Lanka on the title Food and Digitalisation - Accelerated Key Trends Driving the Growth in Sri Lanka.

Topics covered included digitalisation of businesses, food supply resilience in Singapore and food security.

The Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Singapore Sashikala Premawardhane said that food security was among the areas in which the two countries could deepen cooperation. According to the Sri Lanka High Commission the total bilateral trade last year was valued at US$883 million (S$1.21 billion) with Sri Lankan exports valued at US$115 million.

In line with it, the council along with the help of EDB has identified a few industries that they could help boost, and will form subcommittees for each sector. General members of the council with expertise in each area will be invited to join the subcommittee.

The identified sectors are Agriculture, Healthcare, Startups, Logistics, Finance, Education, Plastic and Rubber and Gems and Jewellery. Aitken Spence Cargo, Kalhari Enterprises, MAC Holdings, Overseas Realty, Spear International, Sudath Perera Associates, and Tengri Aero Industries were elected to serve on the Executive Committee of the Council.