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The Director General , Board of Investment of Sri Lanka (BOI) met with the British High Commissioner to discuss strategies to attract more Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) from The United Kingdom

Mr Sanjaya Mohottala , Direct General , BOI met with H.E. Sarah Hulton OBE the British High Commissioner at the High Commissioners residence recently to discuss investment promotion strategies to attract more FDI from the United Kingdom. Mr. Michael Fernandopulle, Head of Trade & Investment and Ms. Asanthi Fernando, Deputy Head of Trade & Investment also jointed the discussion from the British High Commission along with Ms. Nilupul De Silva, Director (Investment Promotion), BOI.

The objective of this meeting was to brief H.E. the High Commissioner regarding the current investment promotion initiatives/ programmes conducted by the BOI and to requested for the assistance of the British High Commission in Colombo to target potential British companies in the selected target sectors, already identified by the BOI. H.E. the High Commissioner and the team at the British High Commission agreed to assist the BOI via the respective British Chambers of Commerce and other counter part organizations. During the meeting arrangements for a proposed virtual Sri Lanka forum to be held was discussed. This forum will be a good event initially to encourage potential British investors to invest in Sri Lanka. The forum will also be a follow up to the road show organized by the Sri Lanka High Commission in UK at London Stock Exchange (LSE) in close collaboration with theBOI in October 2019.

The DG, BOI requested to work towards a bilateral trade agreement between UK & Sri Lanka to promote more trade & investment. As well as UK Government’s assistance to promote the proposed Textile /Fabric Park to be established at Eravul in the Eastern Province and
Pharmaceutical Zone to be established at Hambantota, by the Government of Sri Lanka.

The DG BOI also informed that the BOI’s happy to make arrangements to organize a facilitation forum for the existing British investors to discuss their pending matters / issues and encourage them to expanded their operations and re-invest in Sri Lanka.

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