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Trade between Sri Lanka and Malaysia

Trade between Sri Lanka and Malaysia has been increasing over last few years and Malaysia has emerged as one of Sri Lanka's major trading partners.

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Sri Lanka’s main exports to Malaysia

Natural rubber & rubber based products, bran, sharps and other residues of milling, precious stones and semi precious stones, tea, bath preparations, shaving or after shave preparations, deodorants, fish, ladies underwear, wheat/meslin flour, articles of jewellery, food preparations, unmanufactured tobacco, machinery parts, articles of apparel and clothing accessories, Rubber gloves, coconut fiber, vegetables (gherkins), brooms and brushes, aluminum plates, sheets and strips etc, natural sands, synthetic filament yarn.

Sri Lankas Main imports from Malaysia

Petroleum, palm oil, cement, Aluminum, News print, wood products, electrical items, cement linkers, polymers of ethylene, vegetable fats, chemicals, urea, plastics articles, iron & steel articles, paper etc.

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Why Invest in Sri Lanka?

Plans are for Sri Lanka to be developed as a major Global Logistics Hub in the South Asian Region for trade, investment, communication and financial services. To be known as the Colombo Freeport, it will provide integrated air, sea and road services linked to state of the art distribution parks.  Key activities of the Colombo Freeport include

  • Multi-country consolidation.
  • Regional distribution.
  • Trans-shipment.
  • Entrepot Trading.
  • Import/export and value addition.

Key sectors for investments:

Tourism and Leisure Agriculture Export Manufacturing
Export Services Apparels Infrastructure
Knowledge services Utilities Education
  • Strong Resilient Economy
  • Peaceful domestic environment

    Favorable government policies and improved investor confidence have facilitated all key sectors to demonstrate a commendable performance contributing towards high economic growth.

  • Strong economic performances

    Strong economic performances in Sri Lanka have lifted the country’s per capita income substantially, which has enabled the country to be graduated to middle – income status from the list of Poverty Reductions & Growth Trust (PRGT) eligible countries.

  • Business Focus

    The government has planned to transform Sri Lanka into a strategically important economic center by developing 5 strategic hubs: knowledge, commercial, naval & maritime, aviation and energy taking advantage of Sri Lanka’s strategic location and resources.  

  • Highly literate and cost competitive labor force

    92% literacy rate. Highest in South East Asia. Highly trainable and quick to learn.

  • Attractive and transparent laws.
  • Solid infrastructure

    Private and Public investment programs have been implemented to improve the country’s basic infrastructure facilities. Today, Sri Lanka’s infra-structure ranks as the best available in South Asia. The government is actively encouraging private sector investments in infrastructure on the basis of BOO [Build, Operate and Own] and BOT [Build, Operate and Transfer]. Currently there are private investment projects in power, ports, water sanitation, transportation (highways and rail) and IT.

  • Power

    The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) is the main supplier of electricity to the National Grid. Independent Power Producers (IPP) share of total power generation was XXX

  • Quality of life

    The relatively high ranking of the country GDP p.c (PPP) which is at USD 3,530 is higher than that of India (USD 2,358), Pakistan (USD 1,928) & Bangladesh (USD 1,602).

All compelling reasons for investors for wanting to explore the opportunities to invest in Sri Lanka – The Wonder of Asia.

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Useful Institutions For doing business in Malaysia


       No.12 Jalan Keranji Dua, Off Jalan Kedondong, Jalan Ampang Hilir, 55000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. view map
  • Ministry of international Trade and Industry

       Menara MITI, No. 7,Jalan Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah,50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia view map
  • Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation

       Menara MATRADE, Jalan Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia view map
  • Malaysian Investment Development Authority

       5, Jalan Stesen Sentral 5, Kuala Lumpur Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia view map
  • Suruhanjaya Syarikat Malaysia

       Menara SSM@Sentral, No. 7 Jalan Stesen Sentral 5 ,Kuala Lumpur Sentral 50623 Kuala Lumpur. view map

Useful Institutions for doing businesses in Sri Lanka

  • The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce

       50, Navam Mawatha,Colombo 02,Sri Lanka view map
       Tel : (0094) 11 – 2421745-7, 5588800
       Fax : (0094) 11 – 2437477, 2449352, 2381012
       Email : info@chamber.lk
  • Board of Investment of Sri Lanka

       Level 26, West Tower, World Trade Center, Colombo 01, Sri Lanka. view map
      Tel: (+94 11) 2385972-6, 2346131-3, 2434403-5, 2447531
       Fax: (+94 11) 2447994
       Email : info@boi.lk
  • Registrar of Business Registration

       400 D R Wijewardena Mawatha, Colombo 10, Sri Lanka
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      Tel: 0094-11-2689208, 0094-11-2689209
      Fax: 0094-11-2689211
      E-mail: info@drc.gov.lk
  • Department of Commerce

       4 th Floor, "Rakshana Mandiraya", 21, Vauxhall Street, Colombo 02, Sri Lanka
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      Tel: +94 011 2329733 / +94 011 2346114
      E-mail: fortrade@doc.gov.lk
  • Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority

       No: 80, CGHW Hwy, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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      Tel: 0094-011 2 426900
  • National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka

       450, D. R. Wijewardena Mawatha, Colombo 10, Sri Lanka
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      Tel: +94 11 4741788/+94 11 2689600
  • Federation of Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Sri Lanka

       "Federation House", 696 3/4,, Havelock Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka view map
      Tel: 0094-011 2 366996
  • National Chamber of Exporters

       532/4K, Sirikotha Lane,, Galle Road, Sri Lanka
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      Tel: 0094-11 4651765
  • Sri Lanka Export Development Board

       Navam Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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      Tel: 0094-11 2 300705
  • Colombo Stock Exchange

       Colombo Stock Exchange,#04-01, West Block World Trade Center, Echelon Square, Colombo 01, Sri Lanka
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      Tel: 0094-11 2 356456
  • Central Bank of Sri Lanka

       Janadhipathi Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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      Tel: 0094-11 2 477000