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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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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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Fifteen representatives of Sri Lanka Border Regulatory Agencies, Private Sector Organizations, Chambers of Commerce and members to the Sri Lanka National Trade Facilitation Committee (NTFC) were on a familiarization tour to Australia from 27th to 31st August, 2018. The delegation was headed by Chairperson of NTFC, Mrs. P S M Charles, Director General of Customs and Co-Chairperson Mrs. Sonali Wijeratne, Director General of Commerce.Fifteen representatives of Sri Lanka Border Regulatory Agencies, Private Sector Organizations, Chambers of Commerce and members to the Sri Lanka National Trade Facilitation Committee (NTFC) were on a familiarization tour to Australia from 27th to 31st August, 2018. The delegation was headed by Chairperson of NTFC, Mrs. P S M Charles, Director General of Customs and Co-Chairperson Mrs. Sonali Wijeratne, Director General of Commerce.

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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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Sri Lanka Trade Information Portal, which is one platform to get trade related regulatory information on import-export, was launched by Hon. Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry and Commerce on 20th July 2018. Hon. Buddhika Pathirana, Deputy Minister of Industry and Commerce, Mr. K. D. N. Ranjith Asoka, Secretary, Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Ms. Sonali Wijeratne, Director General of Commerce, & Co-chair, NTFC, H.E. Bryce Hutchesson, Australian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Ms. Arancha González, Executive Director of the International Trade Centre (ITC), Ms. P.S.M. Charles, Director General of Customs, Chair, NTFC, Mr. Marcus Bartley Johns, Senior Trade Specialist, World Bank Group, Mr. Chris Lewis Jones, Team Leader, TIP Project, PM Group were also present to grace the occasion.

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