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Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Incorporation of Chamber of Commerce.

3. General objects for which the corporation is constituted.

4. The affairs of the corporation to be administered by a committee.

5. Register of members.

6. Corporation may make rules.

7. The rules in Schedule to be the rules of the corporation.

8. Amendment of rules.

9. Property vested in corporation.

10. Debts due by and payable to the Chamber of Commerce.

11. Procedure for affixing the seal of the corporation.

12. Corporation may hold property.

13. Limit of liability of members.

14. Saving of rights of the Republic.

10 of 1895,

2 of 1912,

28 of 1932.

AN ORDINANCE to incorporate the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.

[Date of Commencement: 19th November, 1895]

1. Short title.

This Ordinance may be cited as the Chamber of Commerce Ordinance.

2. Incorporation of Chamber of Commerce.

From and after the passing of this Ordinance the present Chairman, Vice-Chairman, and members of the committee of the said Chamber of Commerce, and such and so many persons as now are members of the said Chamber of Commerce or shall hereafter be admitted members of the corporation hereby constituted, whose names shall be inscribed in the register mentioned in section 5, shall be and become a corporation with liability limited in manner provided in section 13, with continuance forever, under the style and name of "The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce” and by that name shall and may sue and be sued in all courts, with full power and authority to have and use a common seal and to change and alter the same at their pleasure.

3. General objects for which the corporation is constituted.

The general objects for which the corporation is constituted are hereby declared to be—

(a) to promote, foster, and protect the commerce of Sri Lanka by collecting and classifying all information bearing on its wants and interests, by obtaining by every means the redress of acknowledged grievances and the removal of pernicious restrictions by controlling or regulating all or any matters concerning the sale, purchase or shipment of produce, and manufactured or prepared products and goods, as between members of the corporation, and generally by any other means howsoever not herein specified:

(b) to represent and express on commercial questions the opinions of the mercantile community of Sri Lanka and to aid, assist and cooperate with others in such representation and expression;

(c) the consideration of all questions connected with the trade, manufactures and industries of Sri Lanka;

(d) to endeavour to promote or oppose legislative and other measures affecting such trade, manufactures and industries;

(e) to collect and circulate statistics and other information relating to such trade, manufactures and industries;

(f) to decide disputes and differences on matters of local custom and usage;

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