On 9th February Ambassador Oshadhi Alahapperuma was invited to speak at a breakfast seminar under the headline “Interesting business opportunities for Swedish companies in Sri Lanka” organized by the Swedish Trade Council at the World Trade Center in Stockholm. The Swedish Trade Council (STC) was founded exactly 40 years ago and is jointly owned by the Swedish state and the business sector. The aim of its activities is to facilitate and encourage the establishment and growth of Swedish companies abroad.
The Ambassador was invited to speak alongside the Swedish Ambassador to India, H.E. Mr. Lars-Olof Lindgren and STC representative and Trade Commissioner to India, Mr. Anders Malmström.
There are STC offices in more than 50 countries in the world. This Sri Lanka focus constitutes a great encouragement and serves as a valuable indicator of how the successful development and rebuilding of Sri Lanka is perceived in the Nordic region. Just under 50 representatives from various business sectors attended the event.
In his introduction, the Swedish Ambassador to India highlighted that with its ever-growing economy Sri Lanka has a business climate which compared to for example the Indian one, is significantly uncomplicated and welcoming for foreign actors. He pointed out that it is of great importance for Sweden to invest in economies such as Sri Lanka’s. Ambassador Oshadhi Alahapperuma later added to this in his presentation by emphasizing what a safe and solid destination Sri Lanka is for both investment and travel.
Mr. Anders Malmström, Commissioner of the STC in turn described the current position of trade between Sweden and Sri Lanka, highlighted the prominent features of the Sri Lankan economy and gave his view on which emerging sectors in Sri Lanka might be of particular interest for the Swedish investors.
The Sri Lanka Embassy in Sweden also used this unique opportunity
to promote the Sri Lanka Expo 2012.