“CEPA and Its Implications on Sri Lanka’s Economy”

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National Chamber Seminar /Forum on “CEPA and Its Implications on Sri Lanka’s Economy”       

The National Chamber of Commerce  is seriously concerned over the proposed signing of the CEPA (Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement) with India. The business community feels, that CEPA  should be analysed in greater detail as regards the implications involved, advantages/disadvantages and most of all how itwill affect the economy of Sri Lanka  on overall basis.

In view of the above the National Chamber has organised an awareness seminar on CEPA on Wednesday 29 April 2015 from 3.00 p.m  to 5.00 p.m at the Chamber Auditorium No 450 D.R. Wijewardene Mawatha, Colombo-10. High level Government officials and prominent business leaders from the Private Sector will address the session and air their views on CEPA.

The  Special Guest will be Dr Harsha de Silva, Deputy Minister of Policy Planning & Economic Affairs. Other speakers are Prof. Rohan Samarajiva, Chairman, LIRNEasia, Mr Samantha Kumarasinghe, Chairman, Nature’s Beauty Creation, Mr Kulatunga Rajapaksa, Managing Director, DSI Samson Group, Mr. Deshal de Mel, Senior Economist and moderated by Mr Anushka Wijesinha, Senior Economist. Mr R D S Kumararatne ,Director General of  Commerce will be a special invitee.


For further information kindly contact Ms Nirmani on TP 4 741 788 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., fax : 2689596.




The National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka.

10 April 2015


National Chamber Hosts the High Commissioner of Canada

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National Chamber Hosts  the High Commissioner of Canada

The National Chamber of Commerce is holding a bilateral trade session with  the High Commissioner of Canada, Madam Shelley Whiting on Tuesday 28 April 2015 from 3.00 to 4.30 p.m at the National Chamber Auditorium No 450 D.R. Wijewardena Mawatha, Colombo-10. At this session the participants will get an opportunity to interact with the High Commissioner of Canada  and officials of the High Commision to discuss any issues with regard to trade with Canada.

Trade and Economic relations between Sri Lanka and Canada have increased over the years. “Apparel and clothing” has been the main item of export from Sri Lanka to Canada, which accounted to 54% of the total value of Sri Lanka`s exports to Canada in the past years. Other main items of exports to Canada are retreated or used pneumatic tyres of rubber, compounded rubber, raw bristle fibre of coconut (coir), tea, gloves, mittens & mitts, new pneumatic rubber tyres, other articles of vulcanised rubber other than hard rubber and preparations of cereals etc. Imports of wheat & muslin accounted for 83% of the value of total imports from Canada during the past  years. Other main imports from Canada are iron or steel & its articles, dried leguminous vegetables, shelled, whether or not skinned or split, newsprint, in roll or sheets,  plastics and articles thereof, uncoated craft paper & paperboard,  and optical photographic, cinematographic etc.

Products and services which have potentials  from Sri Lanka to Canada are, Textile and apparel, Gem and jewellery, Rubber based products, Ceramics, Confectionary items, Leather products, Fresh & processed food. For reservation for the session, kindly contact chamber TP 4741788 Mrs Fouad or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


6 April 2015

Vietnam Business Delegation Visits the National Chamber

An 18 member Business Delegation from Vietnam visited the National Chamber of Commerce, recently, comprising of representatives from the Ministry of Industry & Trade of Vietnam, Vietnam Trade Promotion Agency and Vietnam companies engaged in different fields of business such as fertilizer machinery, oil and gas handicrafts, construction, electrical, freight forwarding logistics etc. The delegation had an interactive session with the Chamber members and exchanged information of possible business relations between the two countries.

The picture shows the Vietnam Delegation at the National Chamber of Commerce along with the President Mr Sunil G Wijesinha and Senior Deputy President, Mr Thilak Godamanna of the Chamber

Leader of the Vietnam Delegation being presented with mementoes by Mr Sunil G Wijesinha, President of the National Chamber of Commerce. Mr Thilak Godamanna, Senior Deputy.President (right) and Mr Sujeeve Samaraweera Deputy President (left) looking on.


National Chamber Launches Ayurveda EXPO 2015

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National Chamber Launches Ayurveda EXPO 2015


The National Chamber of Commerce officially launched Ayurveda EXPO 2015, International Indigenous Healthcare Exhibition on 27 February 2015 at Hilton Residences, under the patronage of Hon Dr Rajitha Senarathne, Minister of Health & Indigenous Medicine as Chief Guest. Heads of Government /Private Sector, Ayurveda Institutions and other distinguished guests graced the occasion.


The 3 day Mega Exhibition is scheduled to be held  on 3, 4 and 5 July 2015 at the BMICH Colombo in association with the Ministry of Health & Indigenous Medicine, Sri Lanka Export Development Board, Ministry of Industry & Commerce, Board of Investment, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau,  Dept of Commerce and other Institutions.


Ayurveda EXPO 2015 will focus on Manufacturers of Ayurveda/Herbal, Nature friendly Health foods & Beverages, Health resorts/spas, Ayurveda hospitals/Clinics, Educational Institutions, Yoga, Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Beauty Care products, Herbal Cosmetic products etc. A Symposium and public seminar on ayurveda and indigenous medicine also will be held participated by both local and international speakers. The objective of this exhibition is to promote Ayurveda system of medicine locally and internationally, to educate the public on achieving wellness through nature friendly indigenous medicine, to create a platform for local and overseas organization in the indigenous healthcare sector, to come together on one platform. In addition, the Chamber expects both local and foreign participation-exhibitors, visitors/delegations from countries such as India, Bangladesh, Pakistan,  Nepal, Japan and China etc. Ayurveda EXPO organized by the National Chamber of Commerce commenced in April 2007, and continued in 2009, 2011 and 2013, all of which were concluded with great success. The exhibition is conducted for the 5th time this year.

National Chamber Conducts Training Program for SMEs in Hambantota


 The Group photo shows the participants at the training program at Hambantota with the facilitators, Mr Sunil G Wijesinha, Mr S C K Konara, and National  Chamber officials


The National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka in its on going programme in the outstations, to develop and expand the knowledge and skills of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) sector in the country, conducted another one day Training program in Hambantota with Hambanthota District Chamber on “Productivity & Quality through Japanese 5S and Standardization”. The facilitators were Mr. Sunil G Wijesinha, Productivity Consultant & a Corporate Trainer and also the President of the National Chamber and Mr. S C K Konara, Assistant Director of Sri Lanka Standards Institute. Senior Chamber officials participated at the event. The program was well structured and well attended.