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Sri Lanka’s private sector and government are to get fresh insights from a chief of a Commonwealth trade and investment organisation next week besides opportunities to expand businesses across the 56 Member States of the Commonwealth. 

Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC) Chairman Lord Marland will meet President Ranil Wickremesinghe during his visit to Sri Lanka from February 19 to 21, 2024, as part of his larger trip to South and South East Asia. 

On February 19, along with Wickremesinghe, he will be meeting Investment Promotion State Minister Dilum Amunugama. In the evening, CWEIC Strategic Partner Port City Colombo is hosting him with prominent government and business leaders. 

On February 20, Marland will meet with British High Commissioner Andrew Patrick.

Throughout the two days, he will meet with the CWEIC’s current Strategic Partners, including Capital Maharaja Group Group Director Niro Cooke, who also serves on the statutory board of the CWEIC.  

Marland will also be meeting with prospective Strategic Partners interested in joining the CWEIC to expand their businesses across the Commonwealth sates. 

The CWEIC is a commercial, not-for-profit membership organisation with an official mandate from the Commonwealth Heads of Government to facilitate trade and investment throughout the 56 Commonwealth member nations. 

The CWEIC aims to use the convening power and trusted network of the Commonwealth to drive trade and investment. Its network includes over 140 business and government Strategic Partners. 

Every two years, the CWEIC hosts the Commonwealth Business Forum in association with the host country of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

It has multiple Strategic Partners (members) in Sri Lanka, including Port City Colombo, Capital Maharaja Group and LOLC Holdings, from the private sector. In 2023, the government of Sri Lanka rejoined as a Strategic Partner.

Marland will depart for Singapore on February 21.


Lord Marland

  • Trade Envoy for the UK’s Prime Minister
  • Chairman of the UK Trade and Investment Business Ambassador Network (2011 to January 2014)
  • Minister for the Energy and Climate Change Department (2010)
  • Minister for Intellectual Property at the Business, Innovation and Skills Department (2012) 
  • A founding Director of multinational insurance business Jardine Lloyd Thompson PLC 
  • Chairman of EcoWorld Management Ltd and Bspoke Insurance Group Ltd
  • Co-Owner of The Wisden Cricketer Magazine
  • Member of the Investment Advisory Committee of the Kuwait Investment Authority 
  • Member of the House of Lords of the UK (since 2006) and frequently provides commentary on British politics 
  • A strong supporter of the arts
  • A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts 
  • Trustee of the British Museum appointed by Prime Minister of the UK in December 2021
  • Chairman of Tickets for Troops
  • Trustee of the Winston Churchill Society UK
  • A Founding Trustee of the Atlantic Partnership 
  • Patron of Salisbury and South Wiltshire Cricket

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  • Jude Friday, 16 February 2024 07:26 AM

    My dear Lord we've plenty of smart people here, what we desperately need is money, so bring your cheque book, thanks!! You know our guys bankrupt the country, imagine how good these guys are!!

    Dr. Amila Kankanamge Friday, 16 February 2024 07:42 AM

    Descendants of the commonwealth of slave traders.

    Kandiah Balendran Friday, 16 February 2024 07:43 AM

    Another colonial adventure, the British brought Tamils to SL for slavery.

    Create more Technical Friday, 16 February 2024 09:00 AM

    Sign up more technical training programs for mid level students. Speed up AI innovation programs. Also have more budget flights to encourage both short

    Historian Friday, 16 February 2024 11:01 AM

    @ Kandiah Balendran - learn your basic history man. Don’t exhibit your utter ignorance. The British brought South Indians to work in the plantation sector. They happen to speak Tamil. They settled down in the hill country and are called ‘ Indian Tamils’. Sri Lanka has the Sinhalese and the Sri Lankan Tamils. The Sri Lankan Tamils settled in the North and East from inception and of Dravidian origin. The Sinhalese settled in the rest of the island and of Arian origin.The British brought the West Indians the ‘ blacks’ to the UK to run the London underground and drive the busses and they settled in London. The British brought the Indians and Pakistanis to operate the cotton mills in midland and they settled in midland Birmingham, Manchester, Leicester and around. Further the British moved the Indians/ Pakistanis to the UK to take over the Indian village to construct the biggest dam ‘ Mangala dam’ in India.

    Rohan Friday, 16 February 2024 12:17 PM

    Commonwealth is just a form of keeping British influence relevant.. otherwise it doesn’t benefit members at all .. waste of time

    Patcitz Friday, 16 February 2024 01:39 PM

    His mission is to sabotage the elections under US advice, creating a situation where Ranil is to be a president for the next term by RIGGING election.

    hoodwinker Friday, 16 February 2024 10:45 PM

    AKD Is a hot commodity these days, hope you have an appointment in place, You mustma, meet him


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