ECONOMYNEXT – Gulam Chatoor, who set up Sri Lanka’s Spices & Allied Products Producers & Traders’ Association in 1984 to uplift the industry and a past chairman of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce has stepped down from his company.
He had guided Saboor Chatoor (Private) Ltd, a spice exporter in a career spanning 70 years.
Chatoor founded and established the Spices & Allied Products Producers & Traders’ Association in 1984. This association provided a platform to members, exporters, producers, processors, dealers, brokers, and other service providers to make representation on related policy matters.
It has also helped to act in unison in strategies on increasing their production and exports from Sri Lanka, the Chamber of Commerce said.
Gulam Chatoor has been Chairman of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce from 1986-1989 and continued to be associated with the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce as the representative of the Spices & Allied Products Producers & Traders’ Association (SAPPTA) on the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce Committee since 1975.
Some of the positions held by Chatoor were; President, National Chamber of Commerce – (1983 to 85); Chairman, Ceylon Chamber of Commerce – (1986 to 89); President, Rotary Club of Colombo (1979 to 80).
He also served as the Export Development Board (EDB) Director from 1989 to 1992 and the Colombo Stock Exchange from 1983 to 1984.
In 2017 he wrote a book on Ceylon’s spice history ‘The Spic(e)y Story’. The book details Ceylon’s variety of spices, the struggles, triumphs, and the gradual improvements the industry saw over time. (Colombo/June14/2021)