“Sri Lanka should move beyond the Land of Boat People and Housemaids”– SL Italy Business Council Ch

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The Sri Lanka-Italy Business Council of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce recently organised a welcome reception for the Ambassador for Italy in Sri Lanka Fabrizio Pio Arpea at Waters Edge, Battaramulla.

The President of the council Ranjit Jayewardene in his address welcomed the ambassador to the very first event organised by the council and reiterated that the time had come, to seek more comprehensive efforts to widen economic co-operation between the two countries, beyond conventional economic means, to truly create an even more advantages economic relationship, to both sides and move beyond the “The land of boat people, and House maids”

The ambassador addressing the gathering stated that whilst Italy had indeed provided much support to Sri Lanka in the past it was time to look forward into the future in order to create stronger economic and social ties between the two countries and requested the members to work closely with the Embassy towards the development of trade.

Asitha Perera, Ambassador-designate to Italy, Rajiv Aloysius, immediate past president, and Daya Ratnayake, vice president of the council also spoke.

The council, which focuses on the objectives of ‘promoting investment, trade and joint venture between Sri Lanka and Italy’, is one of the 20 bilateral business councils that function under the aegis of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.

The groundwork for the formation of the council was laid on a proposal made to the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce in 1997, by the then Ambassador for Italy in Sri Lanka Maurizio Teucci.