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Ten Sri Lankan coconut exporters were housed in the CDA Pavilion and four Ceylon Tea companies were under the Tea Board Pavilion.  In addition, eight Sri Lankan individual exporters representing food sectors participated and promoted Sri Lankan value added food products at Find Food Australia 2019.

The Sri Lankan coconut sector business delegation was led by Udaya Rupasinghe, Chairman of CDA.  This year’s highlight of the CDA pavilion was the Sri Lankan food demonstrations utilizing coconut ingredients. This initiative was introduced for the first time by the CDA to popularize the usage of coconut ingredients among the buyers and consumers at an international food exhibition.

During Fine Food Australia, the Consulate General of Sri Lanka organized a business breakfast networking meeting for the Sri Lankan exporters inviting Australian food importers and distributors. Sampath Samarawickrema, Director/Marketing of the CDA made the presentation to the audience focusing the varieties of value-added Sri Lankan coconut products which can be catered by the Sri Lankan suppliers to the Australian consumers.

Consul General, Lal Wickrematunge and Consul Commercial, Abdul Raheem of Sri Lanka Consulate General in Sydney also spoke at this B2B session elaborating the market expansion opportunities with Australia and the importance of market presence for Sri Lankan products in Australia. Representatives from the Export Council of Australia, New South Wales Business Chamber, Australian Business Summit Council and Austrade/DFAT participated at the interactions. Roy McCullah from the Australian Trade and Logistics Corporation made a brief presentation on market entry supports to Australia.

Fine Food Australia is the largest international trade event for the food industry featuring the latest ingredients, equipment and menu ideas for any food business. Numerous exhibitors from Australia and abroad presented the latest products to the industry. Visitors were buyers and decision makers from retail, foodservice and hospitality. Fine Food Australia is an excellent opportunity to participants to learn about the new trends in the markets and the food industry.

Consulate General of Sri Lanka
Sydney

 

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The Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Toronto arranged the Information & Communication Technology / Business Process Management (ICT/ BPM) promotional workshop “Island of Ingenuity”on 12 August 2019 at Edward Hotel, Toronto, Ontario. The Advisor to the team working as the Sectoral Expert for the ICT/ BPM sector in Sri Lanka, Ruwindhu Peiris participated in the event as the resource person. The workshop was attended by Sri Lankan expatriates engaging in the ICT sector.

The aim of this initiative was to leverage Sri Lanka’s Diaspora network to help transform the industry by tapping into their networks and unraveling opportunities for Sri Lanka’s ICT/BPM sector. Sri Lanka’s National Export Strategy 2022 targets to elevate IT/BPM sector and achieve a target of USD 5 billion in export revenues, 200,000+ new jobs and 1,000 new start ups.

During the presentation, Mr. Peiris shared the success stories of leading IT companies, such as Virtusa, HSBC, the London Stock Exchange Group, IFS and Pearson in Sri Lanka. He eloquently explained as to why Sri Lanka can be a gateway and a test bend for those who are targeting the IT / BPM markets in Asia. The Interactive presentation was followed by a networking session.

Consulate General of Sri Lanka

Toronto

23 August 2019

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