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The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Brazil successfully organized a three-day trade and tourism promotional event in Sao Paulo, the Commercial Capital of Brazil, from 20 to 22 February 2019. The event drew the interest of a large number of prominent Brazilian importers, trade consultants, officials of trade associations, travel journalists and travel trade industries based in Sao Paulo.

Following a referendum in 2016 the UK invoked Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty on 29th March 2017 to leave EU and commenced a negotiation period of two years to agree on the terms of the exit. This period ends on Friday 29th March 2019.

In its website, the UK Department for International Trade (DIT) has updated its position on continuing trade relationships, transition of trade agreements and continuation of EU GSP unilateral preferential scheme also enjoyed by the Sri Lankan exporters.

 Please click the this link to access the full articles:(Department for International Trade, UK)

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Tuesday, 19th of February, Sri Lanka was the “Destination of Honor” at the  PATA (Pacific Asia Travel Association)   breakfast in Paris, organized every month with the most important French actors of tourism industry. His Excellency, Mr. Buddhi K. Athauda, Ambassador of Sri Lanka in France, had the opportunity to open the event and introduce them Sri Lanka. The opportunities of the country in the tourism sector were highlighted through a presentation followed by a video on Sri Lanka by Mrs. Chandima Abeyrathna, First Secretary (Commercial) of the Embassy.

 Major tour operators, airlines companies, hotels and journalists attended the event with high interest in this very newly trendy    destination. Indeed, Sri Lanka attracts more and more tourists: within the last decade the number of arrivals in the country has been multiplied by five.


 The Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Toronto, as part of its tea promotional program in 2019, participated in the 7th Annual Toronto Tea Festival 2019, organized by the Tea Guild of Canada, which was held from 1st – 3rd February, 2019 at the Toronto Reference Library with the support of the Sri Lanka Tea Board.
Along with the Consulate General, over 30 tea vendors and other private sector entities, dealing with tea and other natural products took part at the event. At the Sri Lanka Tea booth,   Ceylon Tea samples from 6 regions in Sri Lanka were displayed and free Ceylon Tea samples, provided by the Sri Lanka Tea Board were distributed among participants, numbering over 2700, during the three day event. Hot tea from these regions was also served to all the visitors. At the event, the participants were given the opportunity to participate in the seminars and listen to presentations on tea related topics. Internationally renowned speakers were available for clarifications on tea and culture. 

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Eight Leading Sri Lankan apparel exporters of the Chamber of Garment Exporters of Sri Lanka participated in the Apparel Sourcing USA exhibition held in New York, USA from 21st - 23rd, January 2019 with the objective of promoting Sri Lankan apparels in the US market taking into account the potential opportunities for further promotion due to the favorable atmosphere prevails in the US.

Under the sponsorship of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombo, the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington DC organized two networking events for Sri Lankan exhibitors parallel to the Apparel Sourcing USA exhibition. A networking named “Sri Lanka Happy Hour” was held on 22nd January 2019 in the exhibition premises (Jacob K. Javits Convention Center) in New York. The “Sri Lanka Happy Hour” attracted many buyers to the Sri Lanka pavilion in the exhibition. More than one hundred buyers visited Sri Lanka pavilion during the happy hour.

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