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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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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.

Biofach 2018

The Sri Lanka Department of Commerce organized a country pavilion together with the Trade Section of the Sri Lanka Consulate in Frankfurt at the Biofach 2018. The Biofach -Vivaness is the world’s leading trade fair for Organic Food in the world and Vivaness the largest international trade fair for natural personal care, was held from February 15-18, 2018 in Nuremberg. A total of 2,962 exhibitors from presented a wide range of products from the food and cosmetic industries and provides an excellent gateway for Sri Lankan exporters to establish contacts with leading importers in the world.

 

 

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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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Sri Lanka Tea Board and Coconut Development Authority (CDA) in coordination with    Sri Lanka High Commission in Pretoria successfully participated at the Southern African International Trade Exhibition (SAITEX 2018) held in Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Johannesburg from 24th to 26th  June 2018. SAITEX is Africa's largest product sourcing and trade event which provides an opportunity for exhibitors to network with buyers, distributors and other interested businesses in South Africa and in the region. A large number of exhibitors both from Southern African Region and other countries were present in this year’s event

Imperial Tea Exports Pvt Ltd, exhibited its products under the Tea Board pavilion while five companies namely Wichy Plantations Company Pvt Ltd, CBL Natural Food Pvt Ltd, Ceylon Nutrinuts holding Pvt Ltd, Madampe Mills Pvt Ltd and A S Agri Exports Pvt Ltd showcased an assortment of coconut products under the CDA Pavilion at Africa’s Big Seven, the Continent’s largest annual food & beverage industry trade event co-located with SAITEX. Samson International Plc also exhibited its high-quality rubber products as an individual exhibitor. The Sri Lanka Pavilion was declared open by Mr. Matt Denton, President of DMG events- Middle East, Asia and Africa and  Ms. Devi Paulsen -President of SAITEX,  by lighting traditional oil lamp on 24th June 2018. Ms. Thiloma Abayajeewa, Acting High Commissioner, Mr. Brad Hook, Commercial Director of SAITEX and  Mr. Kirtan Bana, Editor of the Diplomatic Society, were also among other dignitaries participated at the opening ceremony.

The Ceylon tea serving and promotional campaign were carried out at the pavilion by highlighting and showcasing the geographical branding, "Ceylon tea grades and its unique identity. The Sri Lankan exhibitors were highly satisfied with the firm inquiries received for its products from South African importers and distributors who visited SAITEX 2018. At the request by the High Commission, a delegate from international food buying department of Shoprite Checkers group, Africa's Largest retail chain had successful B2B meetings with all coconut exporters at the Sri Lanka Pavilion.

Mr.Kapila J. Kumara , First Secretary- Commercial of the Sri Lanka High Commission in Pretoria coordinated the Sri Lanka participation while Mr. Nalaka Sanjeewa , Market Analyst of Sri Lanka Tea Board and Mr. M. Puspakantha, Assistant Director of the Sri Lanka Coconut Development Authority assisted Sri Lankan participants throughout the event. The three-day event was successfully concluded on 26th June 2018.

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