By: Staff Writer
Colombo (LNW): Turning the tide: Sri Lanka’s remarkable investment renaissance in Abu Dhabi and Dubai attracting investors’ attention on the country’s investment potential of Colombo Port City.
Sri Lanka’s economic and financial prospects, long neglected and recently marred by default, witnessed a remarkable resurgence in Abu Dhabi and Dubai on 26 September.
The most influential Chairmen and CEOs from approximately 90 corporations, accompanied by 300 potential investors, property developers, hotel owners, and leaders in the hospitality and real-estate industry, converged in the iconic settings of the Ritz Carlton in Abu Dhabi and the Armani Hotel at Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
This elite gathering took place in the august presence of the ruling families of UAE, united by a common purpose: to explore, understand, and assess the investment potential of Sri Lanka, with particular emphasis on the transformative Port City Colombo project.
The distinguished gathering had the distinct privilege of participating in a meticulously orchestrated dialogue, guided by the Right Honourable David Cameron, the erstwhile Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Cameron eloquently expounded upon the compelling rationales that underscore the imperative of directing investments towards the nation of Sri Lanka.
David Cameron, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, assumed the role of a true luminary.
With magnificent enthusiasm, an unwavering grasp of every detail, and an unshakeable conviction in the success of the Port City, he brought an indefatigable energy of purpose that radiated goodwill and warmth to all the investors he encountered.
Cameron’s presence at both events was nothing short of awe-inspiring. His commitment to the Port City project was palpable, and his energy was infectious. He approached every interaction with investors, whether one-on-one or in group discussions, with the same level of enthusiasm and dedication.
One of the most memorable moments of the events was the exchange of views between David Cameron and Niraj Deva.
Deva, a former British and European Member of Parliament and a key organiser of the events, served as the interlocutor during this captivating dialogue.
The stage came alive with their dynamic conversation, characterised by insightful questions and thought-provoking responses.
The UAE Roadshow was a watershed moment, thrusting Sri Lanka into the limelight of the UAE investor community.
This community, known for its global wanderings in search of the most competitive investment opportunities, suddenly found its focus squarely on Sri Lanka.
The unique and pioneering rules and regulations governing the Port City, overseen by an all-Sri Lanka Commission, captured their attention. These regulations were hailed for their transparency, efficiency, and accountability, qualities often elusive in other jurisdictions.