Port City Colombo showcased at Roadshow Event in Thailand with support from Joint Chambers of Commerce in Thailand
The Investment Relations Office to promote the Colombo Port City Special Economic Zone (CPCSEZ) in Bangkok, Thailand, led by Dr Sarayut Lekplipol, the Regional Head of Investment Promotion (Asia-Pacific) for CHEC Port City Colombo (pvt) Ltd, recently hosted the Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce Presidents Council Meeting, which includes 36 countries, in partnership with the Thai-Sri Lanka Chamber of Commerce. The event was held at Conrad Bangkok on the 25th of January 2023, and served as an excellent multilateral platform to showcase investment opportunities at Port City Colombo (PCC).
The Investment Relations Office promoting the CPCSEZ in Bangkok is presently working with BOI Thailand, the Thailand Board of Trade, and the Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce in Thailand. Together, this group is creating awareness about PCC and inviting both Thai and foreign investors to consider investing in vertical developments and other ventures within PCC, along with positioning the SEZ as an ideal destination for regional offices and or headquarters, allowing businesses to leverage PCC’s position as a gateway to the South Asian region. There is also an effort to connect Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor, which is also an SEZ, to PCC, with the intention of creating stronger trade and logistics routes and ties between South and Southeast Asia.
Commenting on the initiative, Dr Lekplipol said, “It was a great moment and opportunity for us to showcase the incredible opportunities at PCC with trade and investment representatives from over 36 countries, while also being able to spread awareness amongst the Thai business and investment community. Sri Lanka and Thailand share strong historic ties, and PCC is a great opportunity for both countries to mutually benefit, strengthen relationships and promote further cooperation.”
At the recent event in Bangkok, the regional investment relations office unveiled its plans to organize an Investment Forum in Bangkok, to launch “INVEST SRI LANKA 2023-2024” in late June to promote PCC. This will be a special awareness and marketing campaign to draw investor attention to PCC, and will be targeted at listed companies in Thailand, private investors, REIT funds and selected foreign investors based in Thailand.
Port City Colombo is a world-class city development built as an international service-oriented Special Economic Zone (SEZ), financial district and business hub, strategically located in the heart of South Asia – Sri Lanka. With an expected overall investment of US$20Bn on completion, the project spans 269 ha of ocean reclamation, extending the current Colombo Business District (CBD).
Developed in collaboration with the Government of Sri Lanka and CHEC Port City Colombo (Pvt) Ltd under a Public-Private-Partnership framework, Port City Colombo’s Regulations consist of a modern legal framework and attractive regulations that ensure ease of doing business. The framework is internationally recognized and independently regulated by the Colombo Port City Economic Commission.
Port City Colombo will be transformed into a modern, green, smart city enabling the exceptional in business, lifestyle and community. The City is estimated to have 6.3Mn m2 of built-up space and an estimated population of 273,000. The project is open to primary investment by property developers and secondary investment from key service-oriented business sectors such as financial services, shipping & logistics, IT services, BPOs, regional trading HQs and hospitality.
Cabinet approves rationalization of VAT exemptions and abolition of SVAT System
The Cabinet of Ministers granted concurrence to the resolution forwarded by the Minister of Finance, Economic Stabilization and National Policies to remove most of the releases from Value Added Tax (VAT), further retaining releases that ease the pressure on low – income families to secure the fundamental sectors of the economy as well as the releases for sectors such as education, health and agriculture, as well as to revise the provisions applicable for the Value Added Tax (VAT) act so that the Simplified Value Added Tax (SVAT) methodology can be canceled with effect from 01.01.2024 by introducing a more formal methodology for repaying the Value Added Tax (VAT) and to instruct the Legal Draftsman to prepare a draft bill for the purpose.
Venora Lanka Power Panels to set up assembly plant in Australia
By Hiran H.Senewiratne
Sri Lanka- based, export- oriented manufacturer, Venora Lanka Power Panels (Pvt) Ltd, with a state of the art electric panel factory at the Export Processing Zone, Biyagama, will set up an assembly plant in Australia.
“Once we set up the electric panel assembly plant in Australia, we will export all our panels from Sri Lanka and that plant will do 30 percent value addition to the product to supply that market, the company’s chairman/ Managing Director, engineer Sagara Gunawardena told The Island Financial Review.
Gunawardena said that the company is a value- addition assembly plant and he would be investing AUS $ 2 million for the project to be set up in Melbourne and hire 100 engineers and other professionals. He explained that the venture has enormous potential.
Venora Lanka provides power panels to mega projects in Sri Lanka and exports to Bangladesh, Maldives, Kenya, Ethiopia, Seychelles and Myanmar. Panel assembling is strictly in compliance with IEC 61439 standards, it was explained.
Gunawardena added: ‘I firmly believe that, being a truly customer focused organization, every employee and every process in the organization has to be aligned behind delighting customers. Therefore, at a time when the country is facing a major dollar crisis, my company would be aiming at bringing dollars into the country, while providing employment for local professionals, especially engineers.
‘At Venora Lanka we do not try to change customers’ mindsets. Instead, we take time to understand what they really want and focus our brand on delivering that. Venora is values- driven first and cost- driven second – creating a unique brand proposition.
‘Since the US dollar rate has come down, it is our concern that importers and suppliers do not change their prices, which is really affecting the manufacturing sector.
Company sources added: ‘The company has several wings of operation, such as local and overseas projects, switch board assembling, telecommunication infrastructure installations, earthing, lighting and surge protection, incorporating world renowned brands.
‘Venora Lanka Power Panels is the first Sri Lankan company to receive the licence, in accordance with the UK Trade Mark Act 1994, to use the trade mark “Best Enterprise”. It won a global award at the event, ‘Golden Awards for Quality and Business Prestige’, held in Geneva, Switzerland, in 2015.
‘Within a short span of time, with the perfect blend of progressive thinking and expertise, Venora Group has expanded to consist of, Venora International Projects, Venora Telecom, Venora Industrial Solutions and Venora Lanka Power Panels (BOI approved). Further, Venora has established its overseas presence through Venora Engineering Kenya and Venora Engineering Myanmar.’
Share market moves into positive territory; indices up
By Hiran H. Senewiratne
CSE trading got off to a positive note yesterday but during the last session of the day the momentum slowed. However, the market is now moving towards positive territory following the Central Bank announcement of a downward trend in interest rates, market analysts said.
Amid those developments the market witnesses improvements in both indices and in the turnover.
The All- Share Price Index up by 12.8 points and S and P SL 20 rose by 6.97 points. Turnover stood at Rs 710 million with one crossing. The crossing was reported in JKH which crossed 430,000 shares to the tune of Rs 60.2 million; its shares traded at Rs 140.
In the retail market top seven companies that mainly contributed to the turnover were; JKH Rs 212 million (1.5 million shares traded), Access Engineering Rs 44.7 million ( three million shares traded), Lanka IOC Rs 34.5 million (264,000 shares traded), Browns Investments Rs 28.6 million (5.3 million shares traded), LOLC Finance Rs 23.8 million (4.7 million shares traded), Capital Alliance Rs 22.9 million (615,000 shares traded) and First Capital Holdings Rs 19.2 million (574,000 shares traded). During the day the 31.4 million shares volumes changed hands in 9000 transactions.
Yesterday, the Central Bank’s US dollar buying rate was Rs 285.16 and the selling rate Rs 298.85.
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