July 31, Colombo: The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Turkey coordinated a virtual meeting between the Konya Chamber of Commerce of Turkey and the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and initiated a constructive dialogue for future partnership.
During the virtual meeting held on July 28, President of Konya Chamber of Commerce Selçuk Öztürk and, Chief Executive Officer of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce Manjula de Silva along with Ambassador Rizvi Hassen exchanged views on ways and means to establish cooperation and highlighted the importance of connecting the members of both prominent Chambers during the pandemic to achieve a win-win situation for both the countries.
During his remarks, the Ambassador briefed on the trade interactions between two countries and the importance of signing of pending Agreements on prevention of double taxation, Agreement on cooperation and mutual assistance in customs matters, Agreement on reciprocal promotion and protection of investments as soon as possible. While noting importance creating interest and confidence of traders/investors in both countries through early conclusion of pending agreements assured expeditious action to finalize agreements pending.
The President of Konya Chamber stated that Turkey imports many Sri Lankan products through many middle countries with higher cost and bridging the gap between two countries will benefit the both importers and exporters.
While stating Sri Lanka’s advantages position in the Indian Ocean as investment and trading hub, Manjula de Silva mentioned that being Ceylon Chamber of Commerce the oldest trade Chamber in Sri Lanka and biggest network among the trade chambers continued to interact with the Konya chamber to establish concrete business and trade relations.
Both the President and the CEO shared information on potential sectors that two Chambers can work out and unanimously agreed on organizing virtual B2B interactions among members of two Chambers in coming weeks with the assistance of the Embassy.
Senior Assistant Secretary General of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce Lilakshi de Mel, Director Foreign the Konya Chamber of Commerce Hüsamettin Gungor and Counsellor (Commercial) of the Embassy Yoshitha Jayasuriya participated at the virtual meeting.