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Coca-Cola says it’s excited by Sri Lanka’s potential

Coca-Cola, the world’s largest carbonated drinks-maker, said on Thursday that it was excited about the growth potential in post-war Sri Lanka and planned to step up investments. Ahmet Bozer, President of Eurasia and Africa of The Coca-Cola Company, told the Business Times in an interview in Colombo that the company planned to invest $20 million to $25 million over the next three years after an investment of $20 million in the past three years.

“We had a very good year in 2008 – the year of the crisis in terms of the economic fallout from the global financial saga - and with more stability in Sri Lanka (after the war) we look at this country with more confidence, more commitment and continuance and acceleration of our plans,” he said during a rare visit to Colombo to attend a high-powered management meeting of its worldwide bottler: Coca-Cola Sabco.

Mr Bozer, a Turkish national and visiting Sri Lanka for the first time, is the second highest Coca-Cola executive in the multinational company. Seen here is Mr.Bozer visiting a marketplace to gauge the demand for Coke. Pic by J. Weerasekera.

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