The World Economic Forum 2016 inaugurated at Davos in Switzerland yesterday with the participation of over 2,000 world leaders and economic specialists, including Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. It is for the first time in history that a Sri Lankan leader attended the World Economic Forum on a special invitation.
Prime Minister Wickremesinghe also held discussions with the Heads of many large scale trading companies. During these meetings, they expressed their willingness to bring in large scale investments to Sri Lanka within this year.
Among the Heads of Companies that the Prime Minister met on the sidelines of the Forum were Netherland’s Philips Lighting Solution CEO Eric Rondolat, TATA Group chairman Cyrus Mistry, McKinsey & Company Asia Chairman Kevin Sneader and Bahrain Petroleum Company Honorary Chairman and Advisor to Prime Minister Sheikh Salman bin. Special attention were drawn to the investment opportunities in Sri Lanka during these discussions between the Prime Minister and Heads of global companies. On the sideline, the Prime Minister also held bilateral talks with Sweden Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davuto?lu.
The Prime Minister is to meet internationally renowned Microsoft Company President Jean Philippe Courtois today.
Strategic Development and International Trade Minister Malik Samarawickrema, Central Bank Governor Arjun Nahendran, Sri Lankan Ambassodor in Switzerland Ravinatha Aryasinha, Prime Minister’s Secretary Saman Ekanayake, Prime Minister’s Additional Secretary Saman Athaudahetti and Personal Assistant to the Prime Minister Sandra Perera also participated.