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The third annual “Tea Festival”, co-organized by the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Toronto together with the Royal Botanical Gardens(RBG) in Burlington, Ontario, was held at the Garden premises, from 3 – 4 November 2018. Along with the Consulate General, over 20 tea vendors and other private sector entities dealing with tea and other nature products took part in the event. At the Consulate stall, sample tea sachets and brochures provided by the Sri Lanka Tea Board were distributed, while tea from the six regions; Nuwara Eliya, Uda Pussellawa, Dimbula, Kandy, Uva and Ruhuna was served to over 600 visitors.

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Initiated by the Commercial Division of the Embassy of Sri Lanka Beijing and supported by the Department of Commerce Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Fruits and Vegetable Exporters Association and the Sea Food Exporters Association signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Chinese Agricultural Wholesale Market Association (CAWA) on the sideline of the First China Import Expo held in Shanghai from November 5th to 10th. That will see exports to China expand rapidly in the coming years. This was signed at the international Agro Products B-B Round Table conference where more than 100 leading whole sales market associations participated.

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Sri Lankan exporters of food products such as Ceylon tea, coconut products, spices and allied products and food preparation are targeting the Australian market to increase the country’s food product exports to Australia. 

Twenty Sri Lankan exporters took part in Fine Food Australia 2018 in Melbourne from 10-13 September. The Sri Lanka Tea Board, Coconut Development Authority (CDA), Ministry of Social Welfare and Primary Industries organized Sri Lankan pavilions in collaboration with the Consulates General of Sri Lanka in Sydney and Melbourne.

Under the Coconut Development Authority, Whicy Plantation Companies Ltd, CBC Natural Food Ltd, Madampe Mills Ltd, NDC Exports Ltd. and Crown Coconut Ltd. put up their stalls and displayed coconut products including desiccated coconut, virgin coconut oil, coconut milk, coconut cream, shredded coconut chips, king coconut water, etc. Sri Lankan coconut exporters were led by the CDA Chairman and Marketing Director.

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Sri Lanka delegation with the Dr. Andrea Razeto (04th from extreme left), Vice President of UCINA."

The Department of Commerce (DOC), jointly with the Sri Lanka Embassy in Rome and the Consulate in Milan under the guidance of the Minister of Industry and Commerce Hon. Rishad Bathiudeen organized a visit of Sri Lanka private sector delegation to the 58th Genoa Boat Show (GBS) on 23rd September 2018, including the Managing Director of BTI Mr. Gamini B. Herath and pioneer boat manufacturers in Sri Lanka.GBS is one of the biggest international boat show in European region that exhibits manufacturing of all kinds of boats, mainly yachts and pleasure crafts and also boat accessories.

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The Coconut Development Authority of Sri Lanka (CDA), in association with the Consulate General of Sri Lanka, organised a well-attended Business Breakfast Meeting on 11 September 2018 in Melbourne for Coconut Products Exporters who are participating at the Fine Food Australia Exhibition 2018, currently being held in Melbourne, to promote Sri Lankan coconut products and to interact with potential business partners and buyers in Australia.

Mr. Abdul Raheem, Consul (Commercial) of the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Sydney, delivered the opening remarks highlighting the importance of enhancing bilateral trade and investment between Sri Lanka and Australia and the vital role the private sector and industry partners could play in achieving mutual benefits for both countries.

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