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President of Sri Lanka launches Commonwealth Business Forum 2013

12 October, 2012


President of Sri Lanka launches Commonwealth Business Forum 2013

On 11th October 2012 His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka and next host of CHOGM lit the Ceremonial Lamp and officially launched the Commonwealth Business Forum 2013.

The Commonwealth Business Forum was launched at an evening reception in Colombo, Sri Lanka organised by the Commonwealth Business Council in Partnership with the Ministry of External Affairs, Sri Lanka and the Bank of Ceylon. The Launch was attended by 250, Ministers, Members of the Diplomatic Corp and Business Leaders.

Professor G.L. Peiris, Minister of External Affairs, delivered the keynote address of the evening and concluded by invited international and Sri Lankan businesses attend the Commonwealth Business Forum in November next year.  Dr Mohan Kaul, Chairman of the Commonwealth Business Council, introduced the Forum and told of its successes in previous years in Australia, Trinidad & Tobago, Uganda, Malta and others. Before explain how next year forum would focus on Sri Lanka’s development and business needs.  Gamini Wickramasinghe, Chairman of the Bank of Ceylon delivered the vote of thanks and reminded those gathered that the Forum would present tremendous opportunities for Sri Lanka and that Sri Lankan business had to be ready to take them up.

The Launch was the culmination of CBC’s week long delegation to Sri Lanka, aside from Meetings with His Excellency the President and Minister of External Affairs, CBC delegates also met with Hon. Basil Rajapaksa, Minister of Economic Development; Hon. Sajin de Vass Gunawardena,  MMP/ External Affairs; Hon Neomal Perera, Deputy Minister of External Affairs; Hon. Ratnasiri Wickramanayake, Senior Minister of Good Governance and Infrastructure Facilities; Hon. Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry and Commerce; Hon. Douglas Devananda, Traditional Industries & Small Enterprise Development; Hon. Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, Minister of Agriculture.  CBC also held extensive consultations with the Chambers of Commerce and formed partnerships to work with the Chambers on the Event.

The Commonwealth Business Forum 2013 or CBF 2013 will be held on 12-14 November in Colombo, Sri Lanka at the time of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting or CHOGM.  CBF 2013, is an official part of the CHOGM programme and will be opened by His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa as President of the Host nation, Sir Lanka, and addressed by other Commonwealth Heads of Government.  The Forum will bring together over 1000 Business and Government Leaders at the largest business event ever held in Sri Lanka to discuss the key economic and business issues of the day, form new partnerships and create contacts that will ensure that real business gets done at the event.

For more information contact:

Sean Leno
Email: sean.leno@cbcglobal.org
Tel: +44 (0) 7024 8209

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