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Business leaders from Fortune 500 companies here


More than 2000 business persons from local and Commonwealth and non Commonwealth countries will be participating for the Commonwealth Business Forum (CBF) today. This will be a great opportunity to showcase Sri Lanka never before as nearly 2000 top business persons from Fortune 500 companies are expected to participate at the Business Forum, which will be held at Cinnamon Grand Hotel beginning today, External Affairs Deputy Minister Neomal Perera told the Daily News Business.

He said this will be one of the successful events that provides Commonwealth countries to collaborate on and collectively influence global trade and investment issues, and could expose the investment potential of Sri Lanka to the region and the world and to pave the way for more investments in Sri Lanka globally.

"From an international perspective, the CBF serves several functions and will provide Commonwealth countries an opportunity to collaborate on and collectively influence global trade and investment issues," Deputy External Affairs Minister said. Committee Member of the CBF, Tissa Jayaweera said this is going to be a very successful event and provides business sectors in member nations to learn of new investment opportunities.

This time the number of participation for the CBF is more than the anticipated representing Commonwealth and Non Commonwealth countries, which provides a platform for government and business leaders to network with each other and conduct business with international partners, Jayaweera said.

Group Director MAS Holdings (Pvt) Ltd Dian Gomes said this will be a great opportunity to showcase Sri Lanka's capability for investments and promotion. This will be an excellent opportunity for promote the country on certain sectors including leisure sector, industrial sector and other potential sectors for investments.

He also said that they are planning to promote the apparel sector that we are practicing all ethical standards and country without guilt, which is another boost for the country from medium to long term perspective.

The Chairman - Logistics Sub Committee of Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF) Rohan Masakorala said this forum will open the door to the world come and invest in Sri Lanka, which would enable to showcase Sri Lanka as trading hub in the region.

He said CBF is expecting a very large number of top business persons from Commonwealth and non Commonwealth countries, which will create the country to promote as a trading hub in the region.

The Forum is the premier business event in the Commonwealth bringing together Heads of Government, Ministers, and top business leaders from around the world and will be attended by over a thousand delegates, Masakorala said.

The CBF is co-organised by the Commonwealth Business Council (CBC) and the Government of Sri Lanka and forms a part of the overall CHOGM programme. It will provide a valuable opportunity for high level dialogue on trade and investment between business and government leaders from the Commonwealth and beyond.

The Commonwealth Business Forum (CBF) 2013 is jointly organised by the Government of Sri Lanka and the Commonwealth Business Council (CBC) in collaboration with the private sector. It will be held from November 12 to14, in Colombo. 

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