The European Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka acts as a
facilitator between the European and Sri Lankan business
communities. Its main objectives are as follows -
contribute to trade and investment flows
between member states of the European Union and Sri
Lanka, and foster business co-operation between these
countries and Sri Lanka.
investment and commercial interests of companies and
individuals residing in the member states of the European
Union and in Sri Lanka.
and disseminate key market statistics and other information
on trade and industry to its members.
uniformity and clarity of rules and practices concerning
commerce, industry and trade and act on particular issues
that affect the European and Sri Lankan business and
and sustain member interests in trade and industry and
assist companies in Europe and Sri Lanka to establish
long-term commercial links and partnerships.
a forum for the discussion and exchange of ideas on
commerce, industry and trade between Sri Lanka and the
member countries of the European Union.
opinions and views and maintain
cordial relations with other Chambers of Commerce and
similar associations in Sri Lanka, the Asian region,
and with the member states of the European Union.
to Market Information
Market information is a key factor to the successful entry
into any market. ECCSL provides access to the latest market
information to assist members and clients in making the
right business decisions. This is achieved by providing
commercially relevant data on economic, legal, technical,
financial and market information that is needed to assist
the investment and trade planning decisions of individuals
and companies in the European Union and Sri Lanka.
Contacts & Representation
By accessing its databases, the ECCSL provides market research
and up-to-date information on both government and private
sector industries/companies. ECCSL is able to provide representation
for its members in all business-related matters - business
negotiations, commercial and trade activities. It is also
able to mediate with business partners as a representative
office for its members and clients.
ECCSL facilitates introductions to government departments/agencies
for European businesspersons visiting Sri Lanka.
Missions/ Trade Fairs & Introductions
ECCSL is able to expedite all aspects of business visits
to Europe and co-ordinates and assists missions of European
business persons to Sri Lanka. Business briefings are conducted
for the visiting parties to and from Europe. The Chamber
schedules appointments with companies and authorities, accompany
members/clients for the meetings, and even arrange flight
and hotel bookings when requested. ECCSL provides information
on trade fairs held in Sri Lanka and Europe. It undertakes
representation of its members at major trade fairs upon
request. Commercial introductions to counterparts are organized
with the assistance of sector-specific consultants.
Links / Opportunities & ECCSL Consultants
ECCSL fosters close links with other local and foreign Chambers
and business organisations. Benefits accruing from these
links are offered to ECCSL members. Information pertaining
to business opportunities in Europe and Sri Lanka are provided
to ECCSL members at request. ECCSL provides linkages to
consultants who are able to undertake sector-specific studies
to meet urgent individual business needs.
Promotions / Seminars / Workshops
and clients are assisted to promote their products and services
through advertising, fax marketing and catalogue exhibitions.
Regular seminars that focus on European issues (e.g. dealing
with the Euro, EC regulations) and other commonly requested
sector-specific topics that relate to the conduct of business
with Europe are carried out by the Chamber for its members.
& Public Relations
ECCSL liaises with the local media channels and submit features
on European issues for regular publication in local newspapers.
Press conferences are arranged for clients when needed.
ECCSL is able to undertake business receptions, workshops,
conferences, congresses and other events for any number
of guests/participants; from written invitations, to interpreters.
EBIC discount card
Members can subscribe to the EBICard at priviledged rates.
This card offers discounts in more than 100 establishments
throughout Sri Lanka such as hotels, restaurants, shops,
sports facilities, etc.
ECCSL members have priority access to information on European
investment and business opportunities, local market information,
and enterprise data.
Inquiries made by Chamber members are given priority over
non-members and circulated among potential European partners;
Members can apply for Asia-Invest financing programmes
of the European Commission, via the Chamber;
Company profiles of the Chamber members are featured free
of charge in the ECCSL and EBIC web pages as well as in
all trade directories published by the Chamber. The ECCSL
and EBIC (European Business Information Centre) web pages
will be linked to other web sites of trade chambers in
the 15 EU countries, thus giving maximum exposure in Europe
to Chamber members.
Members of the Chamber are able to participate freely
in business delegations to Europe organized by ECCSL or
EBIC. Assistance on aspects of business travel, introduction
to European counterparts; business briefings; etc. are
obtainable by its members. Chamber members are exempt
from the mandatory registration fee for inclusion to business
delegations organized by ECCSL.
Members receive a concession on registration fees for
participation in seminars and workshops organised by the
ECCSL and EBIC
ECCSL members have free access to the ECCSL/EBIC Documentation
ECCSL members receive its quarterly newsletter free of
charge. The newsletter contains information on the Chamber
activities and events that are beneficial to individual
companies such as business/trade related seminars; luncheon
meetings; cocktails; organisation of outbound and inbound
delegations; participation and representation of companies
in trade fairs; information on business opportunities
and EC legislation.