Sri Lanka High Commission in  Pretoria with the assistance of trade promotional budget of Department of Commerce of Sri Lanka participated Global Trade Show of Networking & Matchmaking South Africa 2019 (GTS 2019 ) held from  29th to 31st July 2019 at Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand, South Africa. GTS is an international business and trade show, incorporating 4 co-located shows: Tools & Build South Africa (TBS) - focusing on tools, hardware and building supplies; Household & Appliances South Africa (HAS) - focusing on housewares, home appliances and furniture; Smart Electronics & Security Show   (SES) - focusing on smart electronics and security products, as well as the Food & Beverage South Africa (FBS) - focusing on food and beverage products.pic1                                                                                   After the opening ceremony of Sri Lanka Pavilion

The samples, brochures, and banners received from Sri Lankan exporters interested in South African market were displayed visualizing product information ranging from Ceylon tea, biscuits, cosmetic & ayurvedic products, coconut & coir based products, rubber products, textiles, food products, rainwear and umbrellas etc at the pavilion. In addition Ceylon tea and premium quality biscuits manufactured in Sri Lanka have been served to VIPs and the visitors under the sponsorship of Sri Lanka Tea Board, Ceylon Biscuits Limited and Cargills Ceylon PLC. The staff of High Commission had B2B meetings with potential buyers and distributors at the stall and the details will be provided to respective exporters for the further engagements.

Speaking at the grand opening Ceremony of 3rd edition of   GTS 2019, Counsellor, Ms. Priyangani Hewarathna on behalf of the High Commission extended her best wishes and felicitations to the organizers and acknowledged the support received for Sri Lanka’s Participation at the exhibition.  Sri Lanka pavilion was declared opened by H.E. Mr. Kumar Mallimaratchi & Mrs. Udeni Mallimaratchi with Mr. Maksim Nesterenko, Senior Counsellor of the Embassy of Republic of Belarus, Ms. Anisha Pemjee of the ‘Diplomatic Society’, and Mr. Herman Breedt, President of Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce & Industries by lighting traditional oil lamp on 29th July.  

Conducting a comprehensive presentation on ‘Trade and Investment Opportunities in Sri Lanka’ at the workshop session of GTS,  Sanjeewa Ranasinghe Bandara, Third Secretary - Commercial invited participants to do business with emerging Sri Lanka and grow in South Asia by taking  advantage of improved investment climate and trading environment for foreign investors. Also he invited the participants to visit Sri Lanka and conveyed the message to South Africa that now Sri Lanka is a safe destination to travel aftermath of the recent Easter Attack.  The three-day event was successfully concluded on 31st July 2019.

Ms. Priyangani Hewarathna, Counsellor – Making the opening remarks  

Third Secretary (Commercial), Sanjeewa Ranasinghe Bandara Presentation on Trade & Investment Opportunities in Sri Lanka







Ceylon Tea serving with the premium biscuits manufactured in Sri Lanka










Hanoi People’s Committee in collaboration with the Hanoi Union of Friendship Organizations held a celebration on 13 & 14 July 2019, in line with the completion of 20 years after Hanoi gaining the title “City of Peace” from UNESCO in 1999.

Charge d’Affairs a.i of the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Hanoi, P.K. Boomawlage, took part in the opening ceremony of the “Friendship Village” on 13 July 2019 which was followed by the conference on “Hanoi City for Peace – 20 years of Integration and Development”.IMG-20190713-WA0020

Sri Lanka Embassy was invited to do a country presentation during these celebrations. This was a golden opportunity to promote Sri Lanka among the Vietnamese, just after the removal of the travel advisory on Sri Lanka from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam. Sri Lanka booth displayed the country’s history, story of Ceylon Tea, tourist attractions in Sri Lanka etc. It included a tea tasting session and a quiz for children on Sri Lankan Heritage.

Embassy of Sri Lanka


15 July 2019


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