Switzerland, Bahrain and Croatia wants to enhance commercial ties with Sri Lanka

Crotian envoy speaking to local businessmenEnvoys of Switzerland, Bahrain and Croatia held discussions with the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce recently to find out ways and means of exploring trade, tourism and investment opportunities between Sri Lanka and those countries.

The first to arrive at the Chamber was His Excellency Mr. Amir Muhareni, the Croatian envoy for most of the South Asian countries including Sri Lanka.

During his meeting with the local business community held at the Chamber premises, Muhareni emphasized on the 500 million strong EU market, which Sri Lanka can focus via Croatia.

He invited the Sri Lankan companies to build partnerships or Joint Ventures with the Croatian firms covering multiple of sectors, in order to tap the EU market.

Mr. Thilak De Soyza, Former Chairman of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, who is also the Honorary Consular for Croatia in Sri Lanka, chaired this meeting.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Maram Al-Saleh, Deputy Envoy of Bahrain for Sri Lanka, during her meeting held with Mr. Mangala P. B. Yapa, CEO / Secretary General of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, expressed interest to find out potential opportunities existing in the country.

In response, Mr. Yapa said that both parties should work together and identify a list of potential working areas in order to move forward.

His Excellency, Mr. Heinz Walker Nedekoorn, Ambassador of Switzerland to Sri Lanka and Maldives, during his discussions with the Chamber said that the European nation is willing to play an increasing role in Sri Lanka’s commercial sector. He said, Swiss investors are waiting to arrive in the Island, but is holding back until the current political situation settles down. 

Mrs. Lilakshini De Mel, Senior Assistant Secretary General of the Ceylon Chamber also took part in the above meetings, while the meetings ended up with follow up action decided on.