The Sri Lanka-Australia-New Zealand Business Council (SLANZBC) of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce recently held their 22nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) at Movenpick Hotel in Colombo, electing Gerard Victoria – Director/ General Manager of Qantas Airways Ltd. as the President of the council. Australia’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Bryce Hutchesson and Honorary Consul of New Zealand in Colombo Senaka Silva graced the occasion as Chief Guests while Honorary Consul of Sri Lanka in Wellington, New Zealand Aruna Abeygoonesekara attended as the Guest of Honour.
Newly elected President of the SLANZBC Gerard Victoria in his address thanked the outgoing President Manjula Lanerolle and his committee for their outstanding service. Expressing his views, he further added, “With the introduction of the Honorary Consul for Sri Lanka in New Zealand and the close network we have with the Sri Lankan Missions in Australia, and with a new Committee, the SLANZBC is looking forward to the cooperation of its membership and hope to further consolidate ties with the High Commission of Australia and New Zealand Consul in Sri Lanka. I strongly believe our close ties will continue to strengthen our journey.”
Commenting on the occasion, outgoing President of the council Manjula Lanerolle from Glolan International noted, “SLANZ Business Council is steadily focusing towards developing a clearer position on trade and investment between Sri Lanka, Australia and New Zealand via relevant stakeholders of the three states. This is especially important at a time when Sri Lanka is aiming to become a regional and global Hub for trade and industry, and is vying to attract big global brands and headquarters of international firms.”
Manjula Lanerolle of Glolan International will serve as the Immediate Past President of the council. Ruwan Rajapakse, Ramya Weerakoon, Nuwan Wimalana and Delano Dias were appointed as Vice Presidents.
Several companies were elected to serve in the SLANZBC committee for the upcoming year 2017-2018 including 99X Technology, Abans Ltd., AG International (Pvt) Ltd., Atlas Axillia Co. Ltd., Dart Global Logistics Ltd., Eduko Lanka Ltd., Fonterra Brands Lanka, Infotechs Ltd., Jiffy Products SL Ltd., John Keells Holdings PLC., Microcells Ltd., Millers Ltd. of Cargills Group, Taprobane Seafoods Ltd., and Westmann Engineering Co. Ltd