13th Annual General Meeting of the Sri Lanka - France Business Council (SLFBC) of The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce
The Ambassador of France in Sri Lanka and the Maldives, HE Jean-Marin Schuh, hosted the event at his official residence. The event was attended by Buddhi Athauda, Sri Lanka Ambassador designated to France, the membership of the Business Council and other distinguished guests.
The SLFBC was inaugurated in 2004 under the aegis of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce with the primary objectives of promoting trade, tourismn, investments and services between Sri Lanka and France.
Dr. Asanka Ratnayake, Group Director - Hayleys Advantis Limited was re-elected as the President of the Council for the year 2017-2018. In his address Dr. Ratnayake emphasized the importance of France as a trading partner for Sri Lanka.
Highlighting the key activities and events undertaken by the Business Council, Dr. Ratnayake mentioned about the interactive luncheon meeting with the AFD under the theme “France: AFD Group a committed finance partner to Sri Lanka.” Yatin Kundra, Senior Investment officer of Propaco India and Martin Parent, Director, AFD Colombo office made presentations on AFD and Propaco’s activities and how the business community could connect with them.
On networking front the SLFBC partnered with the Cultural Section of the Embassy of France at “Beaujolais Nouveau” - celebration of the launch of new wine. The event was held in November 2016 at the Waters Edge. It was open for Business Council members and their guests to participate and connect with French Culture. Beginning of July, during the French Spring Festival, the Business Council organized another cocktail and networking event with the performance of French Jazz Band “Gala Swing Quartet” which was attended by over 70 guests.
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