While  Western-countries move to boycott the upcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo is threatening to gain traction, particularly in Canada and Australia, an unfazed Sri Lanka Mission to the United Nations hosted a gala event last week promoting the Commonwealth Business Forum which will take place November 12-14 on the sidelines of CHOGM.

The 200 plus guests at the reception included representatives of financial institutions, trading companies, international airlines and New York’s fashion houses. In a hard sell, Palitha Kohona, Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN, extolled the virtues of the country and appealed to US businessmen to invest in Sri Lanka.