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Resilient & Rising: Leveraging Sri Lanka’s Potential

The CA Sri Lanka-Australia Chapter is excited to announce the upcoming business forum, “Resilient & Rising: Leveraging Sri Lanka’s Potential,” jointly organized with the Sri Lanka and Australia Chamber of Commerce and in collaboration with the Sri Lanka High Commission in Canberra.


Event Focus

The primary focus of the forum is to explore Sri Lanka’s sustainable manufacturing capabilities and its potential as a BPO hub, while simultaneously promoting trade and investment opportunities between Sri Lanka and Australia.


Distinguished Speakers


The forum will feature a line-up of distinguished figures, including:


  • Her Excellency Mrs. Chitranganee Wagiswara, High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Australia
  • Mr. Heshana Kuruppu, President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka
  • Mr. Paul Cooper, Chairman of Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre and Chairman of Manufacturing Queensland
  • Mr. Kalum De Silva, President of the Sri Lanka-Australia Chamber of Commerce
  • Mr. Duminda Hulangamuwa, Chairman of The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce


Event Details

Date: Thursday, 06 June 2024

Venue: The Brisbane Club, Brisbane CBD



In 2023, the CA Sri Lanka-Australia Chapter, in collaboration with the Consulate-General of Sri Lanka in Melbourne, hosted the inaugural event, “Reignite Sri Lanka,” at the Crown Promenade, Melbourne. This landmark initiative aimed at boosting trade, investment, and tourism between Australia and Sri Lanka, featured key diplomats, business leaders, and senior professionals.

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‘A Business Forum to enhance the collaboration and strengthen the relationship of Sri Lankan Business Community in Australia, and support Social and Economic recovery of Sri Lanka’.


Reignite Sri Lanka 2023 Business Forum, a landmark event aimed at boosting trade, investment and tourism between Australia and Sri Lanka, was held recently at the Crown Promenade, Melbourne. This inaugural initiative organised by the CA Sri Lanka- Australia Chapter in collaboration with the Consulate General of Sri Lanka, was a resounding success.


The forum hosted senior officials from over 70 Australian businesses, diplomats, heads of professional bodies and representatives from the media and chambers of commerce. The event was presented by Ms Ilham Sabry Ahamed, who kicked off the evening highlighting that the main aim of the Business Forum was to contribute towards rebuilding the country’s economy, promoting Sri Lanka as a preferred tourist destination and restoring her image across the globe. She also drew attention to the unwavering resilience of Sri Lankans, their warmth and hospitality despite the economic crisis the nation experienced in the recent past.


Other distinguished key speakers included Mr. Sandith Samarasinghe, Consul General of Sri Lanka in Melbourne and Mr. Chalaka Gajabahu, Chairman of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau.


Moderated by Mr. Pramitha Ranshika, a panel discussion delved into the importance of injecting foreign exchange into the Sri Lankan economy, the critical role played by the tourism and hospitality industry and the historically significant, symbiotic relationship between tea and tourism. Mr. Malik J Fernando, Director of Dilmah Teas, Mr. Ruwan Karunaratne, Director Finance of Colombo Port City Economic Commission and Ms. Lucy Walgers, Marketing Manager at Trip a Deal, Mr Sanjaya Bandara and Mr Sandith Samarasinghe comprised the panel.


The President of the Chapter Mr Anuruddha Dias concluded the event delivering the vote of thanks where he announced that, in collaboration with the Consulate General’s Office the Chapter had instituted an Investor and Business Relations Committee to provide post event coordination and support to the business community.


The vibrant and insightful forum paved the way for a high-energy networking session, prompting active engagement and conversation amongst the speakers and attendees. The event’s success was a testament to the commitment of the lead sponsors Dilmah Teas and Trip a Deal along with other associate sponsors and AusLanka TV, the media partner of the evening.


The event was organised by the Business Forum Committee of the CA Sri Lanka – Australia Chapter, chaired by Mr Millon Landers. The Reignite Sri Lanka 2023 Business Forum has undoubtedly set a precedent, fostering stronger bilateral relations between Australia and Sri Lanka and illustrating the immense opportunities that lie within the Pearl of the Indian Ocean. It heralds the first of many steps towards a future of prosperity and growth for Sri Lanka.