Building Bridges for Collaboration in the Business Sector: Interactive Meeting with the Chairman of the Philippines – Sri Lanka Business Council

Ambassador Shobini Gunasekera met with Mr. Michael Chen, Chairman of the Philippines-Sri Lanka Business Council (PH-SLBC), and members of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) Board at the residence on 12 March 2021.

The prospective meeting centered on the collaborative initiatives between the PH-SLBC and their Sri Lankan counterparts in promoting bilateral trade and investment between Sri Lanka and the Philippines in line with the fresh milestone of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties.

Ambassador Gunasekera assured her support to the Council in its endeavors to initiate potential collaboration and interaction between the business sector of both countries particularly in identified priority areas such as agriculture, infrastructure, IT-BPM, retail exports, among many others. Further, she invited Mr. Chen and the PCCI officers, who are also seasoned businessmen and investors, to look into existing and anticipated investment opportunities in the Colombo International Financial City and the Hambantota Port.

Meanwhile, Mr. Chen committed to work with the Embassy in addressing the gap in bilateral trade by working on opportunities for market expansion of SL products in the Philippine market. He also mentioned his support to the investment promotion activities of the Embassy geared to attract Filipino investors particularly in the manufacturing, infrastructure, and renewable energy sector.

The PCCI delegation was comprised of Mr. Roberto Amores, PCCI Director for Agriculture and Fishery Committee/ Vice Chairman for Asia and ASEAN Affairs, Mr. Jesus Co, Vice Chair for European Affairs, Mr. Edwin Glindro, and Assistant Secretary General for International and Regional Affairs, and Mr. John Coluso, Executive Assistant.