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SADC and SAARC a new partnership

30 October 2018

Srimal Fernando visited South Africa to attend the Tropics Business Summit in Johannesburg where he presented on his expertise on the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).

From left to right: CEO of Apex Development Rooksana Modan, Executive Chairwoman and Founder of Tropics Business Summit Venicia Guinot, Managing Director of Startup Grind Johannesburg Beth Malatji, Srimal Fernando and Merits Group Co-founder Sylvere Youmbah

The summit was attended by specialists, business people and budding entrepreneurs from Africa including SADC (the Southern African Development Community) to make their case for business development.   The event was hosted by Ms. Venicia Guinot chair of the Tropics Media Group.

It is the second edition of the summit which was hosted at The Parktonian in Johannesburg’s city centre. The city is considered to be the economic hub of Africa.



In consolidating efforts to establish a dynamic link between the two regional cooperation associations SADC and SAARC, Srimal Fernando established contact with the Southern African Business Development Forum.

Photo: Srimal Fernando with Theuns Wessels and Jabu Mabobo of the Southern African Business Forum

“The Forum’s primary aim is to get South African and non-South African business communities to collaborate in a quest to grow cross boarder partnerships, and thus contribute to economic growth in the respective countries,” said Jabu Mabobo, Executive Chairperson of the Forum.


Fernando, a Sri Lankan research analyst with the Jindal School of international Affairs paid a courtesy call on the High Commissioner designate of Sri Lanka to South Africa, Mr Kumar Mallimaratchi. 

Photo: Kapila Kumara, Commercial Secretary, Sri Lankan High Commission, Kirtan Bhana The Diplomatic Society, High Commissioner Kumar Mallimaratchi of Sri Lanka and Srimal Fernando.

Mallimaratchi has already engaged with several business and chambers of commerce and industry making the clear intention of enhancing trade, tourism and investment relations between South Africa and Sri Lanka. The two countries will be celebrating 25 years of diplomatic relations next year in 2019.





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