A delegation of representatives of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry visiting Sri Lanka with the aim of exploring new business and investment opportunities has met with the country’s President and the Prime Minister for discussions.
A group of representatives of the 77-member Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) delegation met with President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s Official Residence Thursday. The delegation met with the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at the Temple Trees, in Colombo yesterday (25).
During the meeting, President Sirisena, recalling the long standing friendship between Japan and Sri Lanka, expressed his gratitude to the Government of Japan for their assistance in various fields including, education, health and agricultural development.
The President said that he greatly appreciates the friendliness extended by the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe towards Sri Lanka and to him personally during the visit to Japan to attend last year’s G8 Summit.
The President commended the great contribution of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to Sri Lanka, especially towards the development of the country. He also said that as the Government of Sri Lanka is looking to increase the investment opportunities in the country, the Government is ready to assist Japanese investors at any time with regard to Sri Lanka’s investment opportunities.
Dr. Akio Mimura, Team Leader of the JCCI Economic Mission said the Government of Japan expects to explore investment opportunities in many fields, including industry, infrastructure, steel, software, transport and aviation.
He also presented a series of new proposals prepared in this regard to the President.
The Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) is a network of comprehensive local economic organizations made up of the representatives of some 1.25 million member businesses in Japan.
Japanese businesses are interested in tapping into the one billion strong Indian market via Sri Lanka and also focusing further into the larger regions of Africa and south-east Asia, according to the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.
Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrema, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Japan, Professor Dammika Ganganath Dissanayake and Japanese Ambassador Kenichi Suganuma were present at the occasion.