Foreign Minister Ali Sabry met with Presidents, Secretaries General, senior officials and business leaders representing a large number of export-oriented organizations and chambers of commerce on October 12, 2022 to discuss and expose opportunities and potential for exporters. as the challenges they face in exporting goods and services from Sri Lanka, among others. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Aruni Wijewardane and other senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs participated in the discussion during the meeting with Minister Ali Sabry.
This meeting with private sector companies and chambers was organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to seek views, ideas and proposals on the most effective action plans that the Ministry could assist and assist the business community to develop their commercial efforts and stimulate exports. Addressing the gathering, the Minister of Foreign Affairs said the ministry was committed to cooperating with the private sector, chambers and supporting their business endeavors, thereby increasing much needed economic progress and providing assistance to the business sector. country’s exports. He assured that all missions under the ministry would assist and facilitate the private sector and businesses in achieving their economic and trade goals and continue to engage professionally with the private sector to connect them to overseas opportunities.
Participating organizations and chambers that expressed their views added that the successful conclusion of free trade agreements (FTAs) with key countries should be considered a priority for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at this stage, in order to expand and boost exports. They also said the government should adopt a well-structured mechanism to address issues arising from negative media coverage, thereby improving the country’s image and profile.
The meeting brought together more than 20 major chambers of commerce and export-oriented organizations, including the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, National Chamber of Commerce, Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Exporters Association of Sri Lanka, Tea Traders Association and Sri Lanka Apparel Export Association, Joint Apparel Association Forum, among others.