Piramal Glass Ceylon PLC Managing Director and CEO Sanjay Tiwari was elected as the new President of the Sri Lanka Ceramics and Glass Council at its third Annual General Meeting (AGM) held recently at Cinnamon Grand, Colombo.
Tiwari, who took over the position from Lanka Walltiles PLC CEO Mahendra Jayasekera, is the fourth President of the council.
Speaking at the AGM, Tiwari appreciated the efforts and the contribution of all the past Presidents, namely, Sunil Wijesinha, Dayasiri Warnakulasooriya and Mahendra Jayasekera. He highlighted the contribution of the ceramic and glass industry to the overall economy of the country and their constant efforts in building the brand image of Sri Lanka.
The incoming president also emphasized on the current challenges faced by the industry and the need for support from the Government of Sri Lanka.
He appreciated and thanked the Geological Survey and Mines Bureau, Export Development Board, Employers’ Federation and ITI of Sri Lanka for their constant support.
The following were elected to the council Board of Management: President Sanjay Tiwari (Piramal Glass Ceylon PLC), Vice President Dr. Jagath Pieris (Royal Fernwood Porcelain Ltd), Secretary Navindra Abeysekera (Lanka Ceramic PLC), Assistant Secretary Wasaba Jayasekera (Dankotuwa Porcelain PLC), Treasurer Yoshinarari Shimaya (Noritake Lanka Porcelain), Immediate Past President Mahendra Jayasekera (Lanka Walltiles PLC), Committee Members Anura Warnakulasooriya (Midaya Ceramic Co (Pvt.) Ltd) and WipulKularathna, Samson RajarataTiles. The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce functions as the Secretariat to the council.
The chief guest for the event was Central Bank Governor Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy. In his address to the gathering he gave an insight into the current economic situation of the country briefing on the past and subsequent developments, encompassing both internal and external factors that had influenced the current account deficit. He appreciated the efforts of the present government in forwarding the economy in the right direction. The governor also highlighted the importance of signing free trade agreements with neighbouring countries like China, India, Singapore and Pakistan.