PM holds meetings with Branson, other investors

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Jan 24, 2015 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and government officials met several business leaders and heads of state on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum.

Richard Branson of the Virgin group, Cyrus Mistry, chairman of the Tata Group, Kevin Sneader of McKinsey and Company and Jean-Philippe Courtois, President of Microsoft International were some of the investors who expressed interest in investing in the island.

Courtois said a delegation will visit Sri Lanka to discuss a technology agreement in the near future.

“There is a good response from investors, now we have to build on this goodwill,” Wickremesinghe told reporters.

Government officials also met the head of the IMF, Christine Lagarde and President of ADB Takehiko Nakao to discuss possibilities of concessional borrowing and cheaper refinancing.

Wickremesinghe is the first Sri Lankan leader to attend the World Economic Forum which concludes in Davos, Switzerland on Sunday.