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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2643

CCC makes a successful trade mission to Chile

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Colombo, 06 April, (Asiantribune.com): Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) Trade Fair Unit arranged a successful Business Promotion Mission to Chile and CCC would enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Federation of Chilean Industry and the National Chamber of Commerce in Santiago.

The CCC delegation had One-to-One business meetings that was organized by the Santiago Chamber of Commerce and the visiting delegation to established contacts with their counterparts. The main sectors covered by the delegates were export of Tea, Spices, D/C, Writing instruments, Import of Canned fish, fish related products, chemicals and Freight forwarding services.

Requests received from members expressing their interest in exploring this market, backed by Chile being ranked as the No.1 Latin American Country to do business with and the fact that Chilean economy emphasizes trade and investment.

The CCC delegation was led bySamantha Ranatunga, Managing Director/CEO, Chemical Industries (Colombo) PLC to Santiago and other members of the delegation included: Mahinda Wanniarachchige, Director, Ceylon Fresh Teas (Pvt) Ltd; B R L Fernando, Chairman, Chemical Industries (Colombo) PLC; Keerthi Kotagama, Managing Director, CIC Agri Business (Pvt) Ltd; Yasas Mahinkanda, General Manager, Classic Teas (Pvt) Ltd; Karthik Ramachandran, Commercial Manager, Jayes Trading Company and Mohamed Azweer, Director, U S Shipping & Cargo Services (Pte) Ltd. Puvi Domingopillai, Consultant represented the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.

The delegation had two meetings with the officials of SOFOFA – Federation of Chilean Industry and the National Chamber of Commerce in Santiago. These two meetings offered CCC delegates an opportunity of obtaining an insight into the Chilean economy, the business climate and how to enter this market. The delegation at SOFOFA Chamber, Santiago (from let to right) Karthik Ramachandran (Jayes Trading Company),  Keerthi Kotagama (CIC Agri Business (Pvt) Ltd.), Yasas Mahinkanda ( Classic Teas (Pvt) Ltd.), Mahinda Wanniarachchige (Ceylon Fresh Teas (Pvt) Ltd.). Pedro Reus (SOFOFA, Santiago), Samantha Ranatunga, Mission leader (Chemical Industries (Colombo) PLC), Sebastian Vicuna, Hon. Consul for Sri Lanka in Santiago, Mr. B R L Fernando (Chemical Industries (Colombo) PLC), Mohamed Azweer, (U S Shipping & Cargo Services (Pte) Ltd.)Luis Matamala (SOFOFA, Santiago), Puvi Domingopillai (Ceylon Chamber of Commerce)The delegation at SOFOFA Chamber, Santiago (from let to right) Karthik Ramachandran (Jayes Trading Company), Keerthi Kotagama (CIC Agri Business (Pvt) Ltd.), Yasas Mahinkanda ( Classic Teas (Pvt) Ltd.), Mahinda Wanniarachchige (Ceylon Fresh Teas (Pvt) Ltd.). Pedro Reus (SOFOFA, Santiago), Samantha Ranatunga, Mission leader (Chemical Industries (Colombo) PLC), Sebastian Vicuna, Hon. Consul for Sri Lanka in Santiago, Mr. B R L Fernando (Chemical Industries (Colombo) PLC), Mohamed Azweer, (U S Shipping & Cargo Services (Pte) Ltd.)Luis Matamala (SOFOFA, Santiago), Puvi Domingopillai (Ceylon Chamber of Commerce)

Mr. Ranatunga commenting on the outcome of the mission stated that ‘Overall the visit was very promising and gave a great insight to the Chilean economy. He said that from CIC’s point of view, they see opportunities in exporting our writing instrument range to Chile. Already negotiations are in its final stages. Our members from the tea sector also had very good responses to their product range. Those handling Spices & D/C too were successful in establishing strong contacts which they have to follow-up on’. To sum up he said 'it was a visit of great strategic importance’.

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