Business

Chamber briefs Prez on benefits of a UK FTA 

  • Informs eagerness to promote tourism, exports

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC), while meeting with the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa recently, briefed the possibility of expanding export opportunities by entering into a Free Trade Agreement with the UK.

The newly-elected office-bearers of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce stated this at a meeting held with the President at the Presidential Secretariat on Tuesday (27).

CCC also stated that it is eager to promote a number of sectors, including exports and tourism, as soon as the country returns to normalcy with its vaccination drive.

The President has implemented the policies listed in the “Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour” National Policy Framework amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. The CCC pointed out that it can take advantage of this and contribute to the rapid development of the economy.    

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce was established in 1839 and currently, it has 560 member companies. The Regional Chambers of Commerce have expanded to cover all parts of the country.

The newly elected office bearers commended the President’s efforts to bring the country back to normalcy through the vaccination programme.  Infrastructure has been rapidly developed, especially the road network. They pointed out that its benefits would greatly enhance investment opportunities in the near future.

The officials said the National Agenda Committees of the CCC has paid special attention to the government’s programmes implemented to promote sustainable energy, agriculture and the field of technology.

The investors are discouraged by some of the laws and regulations that are in effect. The President said one of the main objectives of the government is to remove such obstacles and to encourage exports by preventing corruption and malpractices through the introduction of digitisation. The President said that the government’s responsibility is to create employment opportunities and pointed out the need to provide opportunities for the new generation to come forward as entrepreneurs and businesspersons.

Secretary to the President P. B. Jayasundera, Economic Policies and Plan Implementation Ministry Secretary Anusha Pelpita, other officials, Ceylon Chamber of Commerce former Chairman Hans Wijesuriya, new Chairman V. Govindasamy, and the new office bearers of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce were also present.