Membership of the Sri Lankan Business Council

Membership to the Council is open to Sri Lankan individuals or any Corporate registered in the UAE or Sri Lanka which is nominated by a Council Member. The Council Membership will only consider those nominees that it feels are capable and dedicated to serve in the Council. The final decision for approving a Membership remains with the Board of Directors.


The categories of Membership are as follows;


  1. Individual Membership
  2. Corporate Membership
  3. Associate Membership
  4. Honorary Membership

Membership Types Explained...

1. Individual Membership

Individual full membership is open to Sri Lankan citizens who are Business Owners/ Investors and Senior Management Members of Sri Lankan and Non-Sri Lankan companies established in the UAE.


Individual membership is personal and cannot be transferred.


Special full membership is limited to officers of the Sri Lankan Consulate General.


The individual membership to the Council must be proposed and seconded by a Council member and approved by the Board of Directors.

2. Corporate Membership

Corporate full membership is open to Sri Lankan and Non Sri Lankan owned corporates established in the UAE having interest in Sri Lankan Business and Sri Lankan Populace in the UAE. It is also open to corporates established in Sri Lanka.


Each corporate member shall designate a member of the Senior Management to represent the company at the Council meetings.


Each corporate member may also nominate an alternate member who may attend meetings in the absence of the designated representative. An alternate member shall be a member of the Senior Management of the corporate member. The name and other relevant details of the designated representative and their alternate member shall be supplied to the Board of Directors. Any changes of representatives or alternate members shall also be supplied to the Board of Directors.


The corporate membership to the Council must be proposed and seconded by a Council member and approved by the Board of Directors.

3. Associate Membership

The Board of Directors will consider applications for Associate Membership from individuals or companies who are neither Sri Lankan citizens nor Sri Lankan companies but who are agents trading in the UAE on behalf of Sri Lankan companies. In all such cases, however, the application must be accompanied by a written request from the said Sri Lankan Company requesting the Board of Directors to consider its agents for associate membership. In addition the applicant shall provide an outline of its overall business operation paying particular regard to the proportion of its activity that is related to the promotion/sale of goods or services originating in Sri Lanka.


The Board of Directors at its sole discretion and upon unanimous vote may accept applications for nomination as associate members from individuals who have certain close connection with Sri Lanka, and who have demonstrated an affinity towards Sri Lanka for a period of time.


Associate membership is personal. No Associate member is entitled either to transfer such membership or to nominate alternates to attend meetings in their place.


The corporate membership to the Council must be proposed and seconded by a Council member and approved by the Board of Directors.

4. Honorary Membership

The Sri Lankan Ambassador and the Consul General and their nominees shall be honorary members.


Non-Sri Lankan citizens resident in the UAE and UAE Nationals holding senior positions in the public or private sector may be invited by the Chairman after obtaining the unanimous approval of the Board of Directors to become Honorary Members of the Council.


Honorary membership is personal. No Honorary member is entitled either to transfer such membership or to nominate alternates to attend meetings in their place.