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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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.


Curitiba is the capital city of Brazilian state; Parana is also the largest city in Brazil´s southern region. The city comprises 26 Municipal councils with total population over 3.2 million. Parana is the 5th developed state in Brazil after Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Minas Gerais and Rio Grande do Sul represents more than 6% of Brazil´s total GDP. The Main economic activities are in Agriculture and industrial sector accounts 65% of State´s total GDP.

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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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The National Chamber of Exporters of Sri Lanka (NCE) in collaboration with the Consul Commercial, Sri Lanka Consulate in Sydney and the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Melbourne, has taken a business delegation of Sri Lankan Exporters to Melbourne, Australia led by the Secretary General of the NCE, from November 19 to 23, 2018.

The companies which comprise the delegation are Midaya Ceramic Company (Pvt.) Limited, Macksons Paints Industries, DSI Group, Alwis Agro Exports (Pvt) Ltd, Abdulla International (Pvt.) Ltd, Development Interplan Ceylon (Pvt.) Ltd, Warna Exporters (Pvt.) Ltd, Suntech Information Technologies (Pvt.) Ltd, and Uniceyl Marketing Services (Pvt.) Ltd.

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