Ambassador invited to speak about “Interesting business opportunities for Swedish companies in Sri Lanka”

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.

Ambassador Oshadhi Alahapperuma sharing about investment opportunities in Sri Lanka

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.

H.E. Mr. Lars-Olof Lindgren, Swedish Ambassador to India, concurrently accredited to Sri Lanka, sharing his experiences of Sri Lanka's unique characteristics

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.

The audience represented a wide range of business sectors

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.

Ambassador Oshadhi Alahapperuma with Third Secretary (Commercial) Mr. L.G. Dissanayake

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.

64th Independence Day Celebration

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Sweden held the 64th Independence Day celebration at the Embassy premises on Saturday, 04th February.

The official ceremony commenced with the National Flag being hoisted by the Ambassador Oshadhi Alahapperuma amidst the beating of ‘Magul Bera’ followed by the recital of the National Anthem. The Traditional Oil Lamp was lit by the Ambassador, staff members and the Sri Lankan community leaders.

Two minutes silence was observed in remembrance of the heroes who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of Sri Lanka. The religious observances of Buddhist, Hindu, Islam and Christian were conducted by the most Venerable Kirindigalle Dhammaratana Nayaka Thero, the Chief incumbent of the Stockholm Buddhist Vihara and the Nayaka Thero of Scandinavian countries; Chief Priest of Sweden Ganesha Temple B Mohanranjan Sharma; Immam Yusuf Mulim and Father Michael Bjerkhagen, Priest of the Royal Swedish Court respectively.

Venerable Watapana Pannarathana Thero, the Chief Incumbent of the Stockholm Tapovana Temple and Burma Shobana Thero of the Stockholm Buddhist Vihara also joined the Buddhist religious observances.

The National Day Messages of Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs were read by the Ambassador, Mr. S.B. Wijekoon, Minster Counsellor and Mr. Geshan Dissanayake, Third Secretary (Commercial) of the Embassy. The Tamil translation of the Messages were read by Mrs. Prabha Shanmugabalan, a Sri Lankan living in Stockholm.

Welcoming the gathering, Ambassador Alahapperuma stated that Sri Lanka is heading towards a new era of development under the leadership of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. He said that responsibility lies on all Sri Lankans, irrespective of their ethnicity, to protect and keep united Mother Sri Lanka.

Ambassador requested the Sri Lankan expatriate community living in Sweden and in other accredited countries to extend their support, not as groups divided into different ethnicities, but as one nation, to achieve the goal of making Sri Lanka a “New Country”.

 

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