The Chamber of Young Sri Lankan Entrepreneurs (COYLE) has appointed Kasun Rajapaksa as their new Chairman at the 17th AGM held this month.
Kasun takes the reins from Navein Perera, who served from 2015 to 2016. The AGM was followed by a ceremonial event held at the Cinnamon Grand in Colombo. The Chief Guest at this event was President Mathripala Sirisena..
Kasun Rajapaksa is the Managing Director of D. Samson Industries and Samson Compounds as well as Group Director of DSI Samson Group, a family-owned business conglomerate. Kasun has over 15 years of industry experience and carries the family business into its third generation. He is also a fellow member of the Sri Lanka Institute of Directors and a Board member of the Advisory Committee of the Sri Lanka Export
Speaking at the event, President Sirisena, said, “I am proud to be present at my first COYLE event and I wish the membership many more successful years ahead. I ask all of you to not just see this as a success in your personal journeys but think of how you can make this blessed country even better. I have faced challenges in my year in office, and likewise the private sector has also faced challenges. But we can overcome these challenges if we work together.”
Outgoing chairman Navein Perera and the incoming chairman Kasun Rajapakse handed over a memento to President Sirisena. The vision for COYLE in the coming year is “A future built upon a glorious heritage” with the entire event focused upon the majestic Sigiriya Rock that recognizes our nation’s great past and unparalleled accomplishments.
With a prime focus on active involvement through dialogue, discussions and representations to create a business-friendly environment in this country, COYLE has a vast and ambidextrous membership across verticals adding value to the nation’s growth. Over the calendar year, COYLE will engage in various projects both locally and internationally, by facilitating innovative partnerships to build a more sustainable and equitable national economy.