The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the inauguration of the Sri Lanka – Bangladesh Business Council (SBBC), the 21st bilateral trade council established by the Chamber.
The Chief Guest at the event, and the Patron of the Council, the High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Sri Lanka His Excellency Tareq Md. Ariful Islam hailed the launch of the Council, expressing enthusiasm for its mandate to promote business, trade, and investment between the two neighboring countries.

He highlighted the immense potential that Bangladesh holds as one of the fastest-growing economies globally, offering a huge market, investment-friendly policies, robust infrastructure, a skilled workforce, and rapid digitalization. The High Commissioner emphasized the need to diversify the sourcing of imports and explore opportunities in various sectors for collaborative ventures.

Inaugural President of the SBBC, Dr. Asanka Ratnayake – Director, Haylyes Advantis, emphasized the significance of the Sri Lanka-Bangladesh Business Council in fostering stronger economic and trade relations between the two countries. He highlighted the complementary nature of the products exported and imported between the two nations and expressed the Council’s commitment to working
closely with stakeholders and partners to realize the full potential of bilateral trade and investment between the two countries.

The Council’s Vice Presidents for the term 2023/2024 are Ms. Sabrina Esufally, Managing Director of Hemas Holdings PLC, and Ms. Tamara Bernard, Deputy General Manager – Corporate Banking at Commercial Bank of Ceylon.
The Inaugural Executive Committee of the Council comprises representatives of MAS Intimates Bangladesh (Pvt) Ltd., Metropolitan Technologies (Pvt) Ltd., NDB Capital Holdings Limited, The Swadeshi Industrial Works PLC, and Venora International Projects (Pvt) Ltd.
The Sri Lanka – Bangladesh Business Council aims to serve as a platform for businesses from Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to collaborate, explore opportunities for mutual growth, and promote trade, tourism, and investments between the two countries.

Further details regarding membership of the Council could be obtained from the Secretariat of the Sri Lanka – Bangladesh Business Council of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, No. 50, Navam Mawatha, Colombo 2. E-mail: or Tel.: 011-5588861, 5588800.