The Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Britain, Dr. Chris Nonis, says the Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka is a wonderful opportunity for all Heads, Foreign Ministers and their delegations, and the world’s media to see for themselves the reality of contemporary Sri Lanka.
He said this at a launch event at the Sri Lanka High Commission in London to promote the Commonwealth Business Forum to be held in Colombo from the 12 – 14 November 2013, leading up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2013.
Dr Nonis said that Sri Lanka is a microcosm of the Contemporary Commonwealth, and was one of the eight founder member Nations of the modern Commonwealth.
“Sri Lanka achieved peace in the country under the leadership of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, and CHOGM 2013 in Sri Lanka is a wonderful opportunity for all Heads, Foreign Ministers and their delegations, and the world’s media to see for themselves the reality of contemporary Sri Lanka,” he said.
He thanked all the London-based Commonwealth High Commissioners, who comprise the Board of Governors of the Commonwealth Secretariat, and sit with him and have regular dialogue on Commonwealth issues at Marlborough House.
He said they always worked together in the spirit of unity and friendship, because they have a depth and breadth of understanding that all Commonwealth countries are at different stages of development.
Peter Callaghan, Director General of the Commonwealth Business Forum, made a presentation on the Commonwealth Business Forum. He highlighted that several Commonwealth Heads had already confirmed they would be speaking at the Forum, which was expecting over 1000 delegates, in addition to their attendance at CHOGM.
He also spoke about the economic value that would accrue in the wake of the CBF in Colombo, and the quantum of investments that have arisen from previous Commonwealth Business Forums held in Africa, the Caribbean countries and Australia. He also discussed the proposals for investment available in Sri Lanka and the potential for expansion of all sectors and pan-commonwealth trade.