Sumithra Gunesekera heads Sri Lanka-Australia New Zealand Business
The Executive Committee of the SLANZBC: Seated from left to
right - Chairman, Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, J. D.
Bandaranayake, High Commissioner for Australia, Kathy Klugman,
President Sumithra Gunesekera and Secretary General/CEO, Ceylon
Chamber of Commerce Prema Cooray, Standing from left to right -
Vice President, Ramya Perera, Vice President, Senaka Silva, Vice
President, Mark Francis, Vice President Lionel Silva, and
Consultant, Ceylon Chamber of Commerce Puvi Domingopillai.
The Sri Lanka-Australia-New Zealand Business Council (SLANZBC) of the
Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, which has established itself as the
recognised representative of the business sector interests between Sri
Lanka, Australia and New Zealand held its 13th Annual General Meeting
Over 100 member representatives present at the AGM unanimously
elected Director, John Keells Holdings PLC Sumithra Gunesekera, as the
President, with CEO, Saraa OS Leather; Senaka Silva, Business
Development Manager, Infotechs Ltd. Ramya Perera; Executive Director,
Malship (Ceylon) Ltd. Mark Francis and Chairman, Lidechsi (Pvt) Ltd.,
Lionel Silva, to support him as Vice Presidents. Aban Pestonjee (Abans
Ltd.,), Anton Godfrey (AG International (Pvt.) Ltd.), Sarath Fernando
(Asia Pacific Golf Courses Ltd./Waters Edge), Rajitha Kariyawasam (Ansell
Lanka (Pvt) Ltd.), Susantha Pinto (Ceylinco Renewables (Pvt) Ltd.),
Achyut Reddy (Fonterra Brands Lanka (Pvt) Ltd.), Shirantha Peries (Mega
Pharma (Pvt) Ltd.), Jerome La’Brooy (Prestige Foods Lanka (Pvt) Ltd.),
Miran Wickramasuriya (Sunpower Systems (Pvt) Ltd.) and Lalith
Senevirathne (Westmann Engineering Co. Ltd.) were elected to serve on
the Committee. Addressing the gathering, Gunesekera assured that he
would continue to strive towards the development of the Council as a
vital link between the three countries, focusing mainly on enhancement
of trade, investment, joint ventures, services and tourism between Sri
Lanka, Australia and New Zealand.
High Commissioner for Australia, Kathy Klugman, who was the Chief
Guest, said that SLANZBC is on the top tier where trade links between
Sri Lanka and Australia are concerned and stated that the Council must
look at ways to come together as ‘three’ or ‘two’, referring to Sri
Lanka, Australia and New Zealand, and work together.
She confirmed of her support and co-operation towards this effort of
The President stated that the Council is confident that the links
established between Sri Lanka, Australia and New Zealand through the
Council will grow from strength to strength.