Meeting with Minister (Commercial) - Sri Lanka High Commission UK

Meeting with Minister (Commercial) - Sri Lanka High Commission UK
23 Oct 2018
15:00 h - h
The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce
Price (Net)
LKR. 600 /-
Registration Closing Date
21 Oct 2018


The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce in association with the Department of Commerce (DOC) will be organising a meeting with Ms. Gothami Silva, Director of Commerce, who will be assuming duties as the Minister (Commercial) of the Sri Lanka High Commission in the United Kingdom.

The main objective of this meeting is to facilitate members to discuss trade related issues faced, if any, and establish contacts with these officials by introducing their company products/services and exchange/share views for further development of trade, investment and tourism between Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom.

During the meeting, Ms. Silva will assess;

- the current level of trade with the UK with a particular interest in Sri Lanka’s exports

- market entry barriers (both tariff and non-tariff measures which are existing/possible threats) being faced by exporters to the UK at present or likely to face in the future

- identify areas of export interests, including attraction of investment and tourism from the UK

- process of Brexit unfolding in the UK at present and its possible impact in Sri Lanka

Details of the Meeting:

Date      -           23rd October, 2018

Time     -           03.00 p.m. – 4.30 p.m.

Venue   -           The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce

Cost      -           Rs.600/= per person inclusive of taxes

Members interested in attending the meeting are kindly requested to complete the Reply Form and forward same to reach us by Fax. 2381012 or E-mail – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on or before 21st October, 2018.



Ms. Gothami Silva heads the Multilateral Trade Division of the DoC since July 2017 and is responsible on an array of areas under the remit of WTO Agreements. She is also involved in the ongoing trade negotiations at bilateral level with specific tasks of overseeing the issues related to contingent trade remedies and TBT/SPS measures.

On her most recent overseas assignment, Gothami was attached to the Embassy of Sri Lanka to the European Union, Brussels as Minister (Commercial & Economic Affairs) and headed the Commercial & Economic Affairs Division of the SLEMB and coordinated all bilateral trade & investment promotional activities covering Belgium & Luxemburg, and collaborated internally and externally to conduct SL’s representation at the EU in areas, i.e. trade, economic development, fisheries, agriculture, IPR and trade related aspects of environment and labour. After joining the Department of Commerce of Sri Lanka in 1988, Ms. Silva was inducted in to her professional diplomatic career, which spans over nearly 30 years. Ms. Silva played an instrumental role in shepherding SL’s trade policy at all levels (bilateral, regional & multilateral), while serving in India (Bombay), Switzerland (Geneva), Australia (Sydney) and Italy (Rome) and Belgium (Brussels). 

Ms. Silva held many prestigious posts in the past and was the first female Sri Lankan diplomat ever to have become the Chairperson of two prestigious bodies operate within the UNFAO - the Committee of Commodity Problems (CCP) and the Group of Seventy-Seven & China (G-77) - consequently in 2011/12 and 2013/14.


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