SL-UK Chamber opens a crucial investment corridor to attract foreign investments.
By: Staff Writer
February 06, Colombo (LNW): Sri Lanka–UK collaboration has opened a crucial investment corridor to effectively represent Sri Lanka to attract foreign investments. It has focused on various sectors pertinent to investment and trade relations
This was disclosed by High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to the UK Rohitha Bogollagama who underscored key objectives in facilitating the SL-UK Chamber of Commerce business roundtable meeting.
The Sri Lanka High Commission in the United Kingdom successfully organised this business roundtable on 26 January between the Sri Lanka–UK Chamber of Commerce and Foreign Minister Ali Sabry. The event marked a significant milestone in fostering trade and investment relations between Sri Lanka and UK.
Sri Lanka-UK Chamber of Commerce President Shehan Silva emphasised the significant growth the chamber has experienced since its establishment two years ago.
The roundtable successfully convened experts from various industries, such as tea, tourism, banking, and finance, contributing to the development of the strong institution it has become today.
At the meeting several crucial factors were addressed concerning Sri Lanka’s economic environment and its suitability for foreign investment.
Key points included leveraging talent within the technology industry, the stability of the Sri Lankan rupee, and the streamlined process for foreign investment especially in the Colombo Port City Project and repatriation of funds.
The highlights also encompassed Sri Lanka’s potential as a hub for finance and technology, with specific references to projects such as the solar power initiative and advancements in renewable energy.
In wrapping up the session, Foreign Minister Ali Sabry outlined the current economic challenges faced by Sri Lanka in 2022 and the subsequent need for policy adjustments.
He said that despite setbacks, Sri Lanka has emerged strong in a short span of time, a feat he attributed to the country’s strong institutions, democracy, and independent judiciary.
The Minister expressed confidence in overcoming difficulties and highlighted the Government’s commitment to creating an investor-friendly environment.
In relation to Sri Lanka’s foreign policy, he emphasised the nation’s dedication to upholding an independent foreign policy and engaging with countries exclusively on commercial terms.
Articulating that ‘in a multipolar world, Sri Lanka understands that Sri Lanka needs everyone to work with’, he expressed optimism about the growing influence of the Global South.
This alignment positions Sri Lanka to effectively address challenges and seize opportunities in the evolving multipolar landscape. Foreign Minister Sabry extended an invitation to foreign investors, encouraging them to explore the myriad of opportunities in Sri Lanka.
He highlighted the nation’s robust institutions, democratic stability, and strategic location as compelling factors for investment consideration.