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Sumithra Gunesekera heads Sri Lanka-Australia New Zealand Business Council

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 recently.

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 Council.

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.



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