The US Embassy, together with the US Commercial Service and the US Small Business Administration, is organising a road show seminar called ‘Doing Business,’ which will visit several locations in Sri Lanka.
The first seminar, featuring the Assistant US Trade Representative Michael Delaney, will take place in Colombo on 15 October.
Subsequent seminars will be held in Galle (18 October), Kandy (20 October) and Trincomalee (21 October). The Doing Business road show will begin immediately after the high-level bilateral Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) Talks, which are being held in Colombo on 14 October.
The improved business climate in Sri Lanka following the end of the ethnic conflict and the opening up of the North and East for trade and investment make this an opportune time for business men and women to learn more about increasing trade between the United States and Sri Lanka.
According to Ken Kero-Mentz, the Commercial Director at the U.S. Embassy in Colombo, this is the first Embassy Doing Business seminar that will visit some of the key provinces outside of Colombo. It will give out valuable information to help expand rural economies and assist Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME).
The ‘Doing Business’ seminar will include in-depth presentations by officials from the US Embassy, the US Foreign Commercial Service and the US Small Business Administration. Sri Lanka’s Export Development Board will introduce the sessions.
Each seminar will conclude with a discussion led by a Board member from the American Chamber of Commerce and leaders of the local business chambers.
US technology and knowledge can help Sri Lanka’s companies compete effectively in the today’s challenging international markets.
Speakers at the ‘Doing Business’ seminar will talk about partnering and doing business with US companies and increasing competitiveness in the global economy.
Speakers will also discuss Sri Lanka’s export sector, buying American products as a way to grow Sri Lanka’s economy and the growing importance of SMEs in the global financial system.
The ‘Doing Business’ seminar is expected to attract importers, businesspeople, members of trade associations, manufacturers, and entrepreneurs interested in learning more about how doing business with the United States can help their bottom line.