Home / Motor/ Vehicle Importers Association of Lanka appoints new office bearers

Vehicle Importers Association of Lanka appoints new office bearers

Comments / {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}} Views / Thursday, 9 August 2018 00:00



Sri Lanka’s largest importer guild, the Vehicle Importers Association of Lanka (VIAL) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) recently (28) at Hotel Shangri-La Colombo.

At the AGM a new panel of office bearers was appointed for the next two years, with WTL Automobiles Ltd. Chairman Indika Sampath Merenchige being re-appointed as the Chairman and Kith Lanka Ltd. Chairman Keerthi Gunawardane reappointed as Secretary of the association.

Kokila Deekiriwewa of Dilisena Entreprises, Kasun Pathiraja of Kasun Enterprises and Nishantha Perera of St. Anthony’s Trading contested for the Vice Chairman post. With Nishantha Perera and Kasun Pathiraja obtaining equal votes it was decided to share the two-year vice Chairman office between both of them for a period of one year.

Prasad Kulathunge of Prasad Enterprises was unanimously appointed to the post of Assistant Secretary. Franklin Ferdinando of Binasha Traders Ltd. and Ruchira Kaluarachchi of Kaluarachchi Enterprises contested for the post of Treasury. With both contesters receiving equal votes it was decided to share the post for one year each among both candidates with Franklin Ferdinando to hold the post in the first year. Nishantha Senadipathi of Enoka Agencies was unanimously appointed as the assistance Treasury.

Baskaran of Nithesh Enterprises, Susantha Chaminda of LPS Trading A.G. Yasir Arafat of Sonak Bidding Centre, Rohitha Niroshan Wedamuni of Autowin Trading, K.M.U.I.B. Kulatunge of TDH International, Asiri Dayan Merenchige of Wasana Trading Lanka Ltd., Lucksiri Peiris of Luky Traders, Samantha Jayawickrema of Setma Trading Lanka, M.I. Heither of Ruming Trading and Rajitha Prasad of Chitrasumana Motors were appointed as regional Chairmen.

The annual get-together of VIAL, ‘Stars on the Wheel’ was also held the same day with much glamour and pomp at the Colombo Shangri-La. LB Finance and AA Japan gave main sponsorship for the event which saw the participation of over 60 delegates from Japan, Thailand and the United Kingdom. In addition 11 more sponsors contributed to the success of the event.  The unveiling of the book titled ‘Automobile Acts and Laws’, published by VIAL also took place in the sidelines of the event. Token of appreciations were presented to local and foreign agents who contributed yeomanly for the betterment of the motor industry. Japan Exporters Association Chairman Hiroshi Sato and SSH Japan Chairman Deshamanya Rasaputra Weerasinghe were also honoured at the event.

Former Minister Rohitha Abeygunawardena, MP and former Director Generals of Customs Chulananda Perera and Jagath P. Wijeweera also participated as special invitees.


Share This Article

Facebook Twitter


1. All comments will be moderated by the Daily FT Web Editor.

2. Comments that are abusive, obscene, incendiary, defamatory or irrelevant will not be published.

3. We may remove hyperlinks within comments.

4. Kindly use a genuine email ID and provide your name.

5. Spamming the comments section under different user names may result in being blacklisted.


Today's Columnists

Tea with NM

Saturday, 20 July 2019

One of my most treasured memories is that of NM, better known as Dr. N.M. Perera. It was when I was a student in the UK that I first met him. NM was already a formidable left leader in Sri Lanka, an accomplished parliamentarian, a larger-than-life fi

Biosphere will one day be replaced by technosphere

Saturday, 20 July 2019

I am now nearly 90 and in my lifetime I have seen and heard the world changing so fast that homo sapiens (Latin: “wise man”), the species to which all modern human beings belong, are changing into a technology-dependent sub species, . Homo sapien

Expand employer-backed childcare to close the gender gap in Sri Lanka

Friday, 19 July 2019

In Sri Lanka, women’s formal workforce participation is at only 36%, compared with 75% for men. Sri Lanka could raise its gross domestic product by as much as 20% in the long-run by closing the gender gap in the workforce, according to one estimate

Who should be our next president?

Friday, 19 July 2019

After the recent terrorist attacks and the subsequent violence unleashed against innocent Muslims by racists, Sri Lankans are searching for a leader who can save the country. Many have lost faith in the leaders, due to the breakdown in the security a

Columnists More