By:Staff WriterColombo (LNW): The Sri Lanka Japan Business Council expressed hope that with stability and economic recovery more Japanese trade and investments will take place new President Mahen Kariyawasan said.
He expressed gratitude to Japan for extending support in bringing stability and supporting recovery with its active participation in Sri Lanka’s external debt restructuring
He was speaking at the Annual General Meeting of the Sri Lanka-Japan Business Council under the aegis of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce was held recently.The Chief Guest was Japanese Ambassador Mizukoshi Hideaki..
“Japan has been a true friend for Sri Lanka,” said Kariyawasan and expressed appreciation to Ambassador Mizukoshi Hideaki, Deputy Katsuki Kotaro as well as Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in Japan Rodney Perera and Sri Lanka Japan Chamber of Commerce’s H. Tanaka.
Kariyawasam recalled that during President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s visit to Tokyo, the Council had a very informative business session organised by counterpart Japan Sri Lanka Economic Cooperation Committee.
He said the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry showed keen interest to further develop bilateral cooperation.
“They have assured no sooner the agreements are in place they will arrange a mission to Colombo. This is very encouraging for us,” said Kariyawasan who is the Managing Director of Andrew The Travel Company.
It was emphasized that the Expo 2025 in Osaka will be a good opportunity for Sri Lankan companies to showcase their products and services. “The Sri Lanka Japan Business Council will be working very closely with the authorities to make this event a success,” Kariyawasan added.
Apart from Kariyawasan who was elected as President, the AGM saw the election of Vice Presidents Ruwan Waidyaratne, Managing Director, Hayleys Advantis Ltd., Athulla R F Edirisinghe – Director, Hirohama Ceylon Ltd., Rohitha Mendis – Chairman, Prudential Shipping Lines Ltd., Chanaka Kariyapperuma – Proprietor, ASOL Traders, and Sarath De Costa – Chairman and Managing Director – Amano Lanka Engineering Ltd.
Committee Members are Brandix Apparel Ltd., (Muthukumaraswamy Raghuraman, Consultant), Dentsu Grant Ltd., (Neela Marikkar, Chairperson/MD), Heritage Teas Ltd., (Revanke De Silva, Director), Lanka Harness Ltd., (Rohan Pallewatta, Executive Chairman), Venora International Projects Ltd., (Sagara Gunawardena, Chairman and Managing Director), Spear International Ltd., (Shamil Mendis, Chairman and Managing Director) and Vidullanka PLC (Mohamed Amr, Manager – Finance and Administration).