Sri Lanka – Pakistan urged to strengthen trade and investment

Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) is the oldest and largest trade body in Pakistan with strong credentials having a large membership base standing around 20 thousand members.
LCCI’s history dates back to the early part of the last century.  LCCI’s prime objective is to serve its membership to their utmost satisfaction.  It acts as a bridge between the government and internal agencies on important national and international policy matters.  In addition to its regular advisory and support services to the members, it actively promotes regional and international economic cooperation and trade.

The Lahore Chamber is involved in extensive research used in nearly every discipline, formulating recommendations and analyzing various national and international policies affecting business, trade and industry.
The delegation was led by Amjad Ali Jawa, Senior Vice President of the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  The delegation consisted of pharmaceuticals, IT and beauty sectors.  The Sri Lanka Pakistan Business Council organized a Business Forum.  Rohitha Thilakaratne, President of the Business Council welcomed the delegation and discussed the relationship the two countries enjoy and the possible opportunities that exist.
Dr. Safraz Ahmed Khan Sipra Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan addressing the delegates mentioned importance of the Business Forum and the assistance the Pakistan High Commission is willing to extend.
Dr. H. U. M. Rumie, Managing Director of State Pharmaceuticals spoke on the topic of “Importing of Laboratory items and Medical Devices” specially highlighting the tender procedures.  Chrishan de Mel, Executive Director,  Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Association for Software & Services Companies elaborated on “What makes Sri Lanka a popular destination for IT/BPM services?”.   Trihan Perera, President, Sri Lanka Pharmaceuticals Manufacturers Association discussed Pharmaceutical Manufacturing in Sri Lanka: Overview and Opportunities.   Vidharshana Fernando, Executive Director of Board of Investments of Sri Lanka encouraged investment opportunities available in the interested sectors.  Adnan Ayoni, Trade Secretary of the Pakistan High Commission in Sri Lanka was. The Business Forum ended with B2B meetings between the members of the Sri Lanka Pakistan Business Council and the delegates from the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industries.

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