Top US business leaders on Monday met President Mahinda Rajapaksa in New York at a luncheon meeting where emerging opportunities for investment inSri Lanka were discussed.
In a statement the Presidential Secretariat said business executives from a variety of industries, including the aerospace and defense community, the hospitality and tourism industry, and beverage industry attended the meeting.
They included executives from the Coca Cola Co., the Boeing Co., Google, Hilton Hotels & Resorts and Starwood Hotels & Resorts. “This forum has the potential to grow into a US-Sri Lanka business council to bring together companies and government. Companies like Pfizer want to invest in emerging markets like Sri Lanka,” the Pfizer representative said, noting that the business luncheon allowed corporate executives to meet government officials and Sri Lankan business leaders. “It is a great way to start a dialogue,” he was quoted as saying.
Ms. Esperanza Gomez Jelalian, executive director of the Asia Department at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, noted the Chamber’s support for Sri Lanka. “We are firmly committed to a working relationship between our countries,” Ms. Jelalian said.
The US Business Leaders also interacted with the 15 member Sri Lankan Business Delegation that was present in New York.