After a year of fulfilling his role, Saranga Goonewardena stepped down as the Chairman of Chamber of Young Lankan Entrepreneurs (COYLE) while handing over the reins to the new Chairman Dimuth Chankama Silva, Managing Director at Freight Masters International (pvt) Ltd. as his successor at the 23rd Annual General Meeting held on March 10, 2022 at the Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo.
It was followed by a function attended by the Chief Guest, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, Ministers, State Ministers, MP’s together with Secretaries, Government Officials, Diplomatic Community and COYLE members. The new Chairman will be ably assisted by Senior Vice Chairman Rasith Wickramasingha and Vice Chairman Thushira Radella. A product of Trinity College, Kandy and having represented the College basketball team and Sri Lanka Schools team, Dimuth takes on this nationally important role at a critical time for Sri Lanka, as the country emerges from the Covid-19 crisis and re-builds its local and international business and trade relations along with a dire need for accelerated progress towards economic growth in the nation amidst daunting challenges in multiple fronts.
COYLE plays a key role in representing the voice of businesses at inter-governmental level and on a national level, acting as an impartial organization and providing a forum to build consensus and collaborative action.
New Chairman Dimuth’s intentions to serve via consensus and dialogue with all stake holders.
Jana Peramuna – ‘The Key strength there is the People’ Similarly, I am nothing but a representative – a humble servant of my members.”
Outgoing Chairman Saranga, on his appointment adds, “I congratulate Dimuth on taking on this leadership role, and I look forward to supporting the enthusiastic COYLE team; on an exciting agenda following an unprecedented global health and economic crisis; a time that calls for the unique collaboration capability of COYLE.”
COYLE will be playing an increasingly crucial role supporting the initiatives of the Government in bringing all stakeholders to the table to ensure that trade delivers better outcomes for everyone. This is possible by building consensus around policies that foster inclusivity, drive growth, encourage investment and create jobs which are essential for a nation trying to break through the shackles of the pandemic and move forward to greener economic pastures.”