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Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Mumbai in collaboration with Export Development Board of Sri Lanka successfully organized the Production Process Improvement & Market Penetration Programme-2019 aimed at SME exporters of Food Manufacturing sector of Sri Lanka from 29th August to 02 September 2019. The objective of this programme was to provide the Sri Lankan SME exporters with the necessary knowledge and the exposure to enter in to Indian Market. The Commercial section of the Consulate General of Sri Lanka organized and coordinated the programme.

The programme coincided with Annapoorna Anufood- 2019 exhibition which took place at Bombay Exhibition Centre from 29th – 31st August 2019. Led by Mr. Sandun Sameera, Consul (Commercial), the Sri Lankan delegation had B2B meetings with the representatives from the Forum of Indian Importers (FIFI), officials from trade related regulatory authorities, importers and exhibitors representing the Food & Beverage Industry of India.

Further, the delegation participated for a Retail CEO Roundtable Discussion on “Changing Flavors of the Food Business: Opportunities & Challenges” and a Seminar organized by Forum of Indian Food Importers on “Issues Pertaining to Imports & Customs Regualtions”.  Sri Lankan delegation also interacted with officials from Spice Board of India and Food Safety and Standards Authority of India where Sri Lankan delegation was informed on packaging and labeling requirements when exporting goods to India.

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In order to provide with an opportunity to connect with Indian retail/ supermarket chains, a visit to Reliance Corporate Park in Navi Mumbai was also organized. During the visit Sri Lankan delegation had the opportunity to introduce their products and have discussions on business opportunities with the senior officials of the Reliance Retail Limited. Reliance Retail Limited is a subsidiary company of Reliance Industries Limited and it is the largest retailer in India with 10,644 stores across 6,700+ cities. During the meeting possibility of displaying Sri Lankan products counter at the reliance stores was explored to which considerable interest was received from Reliance retail. Furthermore, Reliance officers pointed out the great opportunity in the Mumbai market for Sri Lankan Agro- food exporters and expressed their willingness to buy directly from Sri Lankan suppliers.

 

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Consulate General of Sri Lanka
Mumbai, India
04th September 2019

 

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The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Republic of Korea in association with the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) organized the Sri Lanka’s pavilion at the Seoul International Tourism Industry Fair (SITIF) in the COEX exhibition center in Seoul from 06to 09 June2019.

All the major tourist destinations in Asia, Middle East, Europe, and Africa made their presence at the fair, which attracted more than 100,000 visitors.

Charge’ d’ Affaires of the Embassy of Sri Lanka in the Republic of Korea Jagath Abeywarna and Chairman of the SITIF Shin Joong-Mok along with the Representatives from the SLTPB and the Sri Lanka Travel Trade ceremonially opened the Sri Lanka’s pavilion on 06 June 2019.

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Sri Lanka’s pavilion portrayed tourism themes of the island, which earned high praise from visitors. The visitors to the pavilion enjoyed Ceylon tea and Sri Lankan traditional dancing performances.

The Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau won the “Best Folklore Performance Award” at the SITIF for outstanding performances by the Olaboduwa Dancing Academy. The dancing team also had a chance to perform at the SITIF’s official luncheon on 07 June 2019.

In parallel to SITIF, Sri Lankan travel companies successfully held B2B meeting Sessions on 04 June 2019 in Busan, the second biggest city in the Republic of Korea and Seoul on 10 June 2019 with the participation of more than 80 Korean tour operators and media followed by a dinner reception.

Delivering the opening remarks at the B2B Session in Seoul, Chargé d’ Affaires Abeywarna stated that the situation of the country has returned to normalcy after the Eater Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka and many countries in the world have relaxed their travel restrictions issued on Sri Lanka with the attacks. Subsequently, Charge’ d’ Affairs Abeywarna requested travel trade and media interlocutors to encourage Korean tourists to visit Sri Lanka.

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 Embassy of Sri Lanka

Seoul, Republic of Korea
18 June 2019

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