A United States delegation, including representatives from Boeing, John Deere, Coca Cola, AECOM, Transinnova, AGL Partners and Venture Global Partners, have expressed an interest in doing business in Sri Lanka.
The US delegation was in Sri Lanka earlier this week and met with a number of members of the government, including ministers and secretaries, according to a statement on the Sri Lanka government website, and paid a courtesy call on President Mahinda Rajapaksa on March 30, 2011.
“During the meeting with President Rajapaksa, the business executives pledged their commitment to share findings on the country’s emerging trade and investment prospects with their fellow entrepreneurs and the law makers in the US,” the statement continued.
According to the website, Rajapaksa thanked the delegation for selecting Sri Lanka as a business destination and noted the importance of American companies coming to Sri Lanka. He told the group that the Sri Lankan government will assist these companies to every possible extent, the statement said.
According to figures provided by the Sri Lanka government, the U.S. is a $1.74 billion trade market for the country, and the Sri Lankan government hopes to expand U.S. investment further, including expansion in the tourism, manufacturing, aviation, construction and IT sectors.