07th April, 2016
Sri Lankan Corporates to Be Linked to Global Initiatives of World Economic Forum
Sri Lankan corporates are to get more opportunities to link to global and regional initiatives, as part of a new engagement between the World Economic Forum (WEF) and Sri Lanka.
Following the visit of a high-level Sri Lankan delegation to WEF last month, opportunities are now being identified for WEF to support the country through its global initiatives ranging from global production systems, agricultural transformation, and trade facilitation. The Business Engagement Team of the WEF has also indicated interest in welcoming more Sri Lankan companies in to the WEF network, enabling them to be part of regional summits and network with top global corporates and the leading brands.
The visit, which came just two months after Honorable Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe participated at the WEF Annual Meeting in Davos in January, 2016, consisted of senior government officials and a representative from the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Anushka Wijesinha, Chief Economist of the CCC, joined the delegation as the key private sector representative, to explore how the new engagement between WEF and Sri Lanka can open new avenues for Sri Lankan business.
Speaking on the potential opportunities, Wijesinha observed, “Membership of the World Economic Forum, participation in their global and regional summits, and being linked to their platforms on strategic themes offer a unique opportunity for Sri Lankan businesses that are aspiring to go to the next level. The networking opportunities are unparalleled. For any Sri Lankan business looking to go global and be a part of global initiatives, linking with organizations like WEF is crucial. We will do our best to create more avenues for this type of engagement for the Sri Lankan private sector”.
The WEF is the leading international organization for public-private cooperation, and it engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.