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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2619

Sri Lankan Trade Delegation to Gulf Countries

Sunil C. Perera and Daya Weerasingha - Reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 03 August, (Asiantribune.com): A three-member Trade delegation led by the Secretary, Ministry of Enterprise Development & Investment Promotion Thosapala Hewage is to visit Qatar, Dubai and adjacent countries during the 2nd week of August.

The objective of the mission to take advantage of the present situation in the Middle East countries where the supply chain from Syria, Lebanon and other neighboring countries have been cut off due to the escalated Gulf war creating the possibility of new market emerging for the Sri Lankan products specially in the fruit & vegetable sector. At present 50% fresh fruit & vegetable exports from Sri Lanka are to the Gulf Market. Sri Lanka exports mainly mixed vegetables to the ethnic market whereas items such as Melon, Tomato, Cucumber, Salad leaves are imported in bulk form to the Gulf Market from Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Israel.

The delegation is due to meet Chambers of Commerce, Business Communities, Purchasing Managers of Departmental Stores and Proprietors of Chain shops with a view to consolidate and expand the market for Sri Lankan products in the region.

The other 2 members of the delegation are Chairman, Export Development Board,
Mr. Brian Angunawela and Chairman Sri Lanka Export Credit Insurance Corporation Mr. C.A.N. Perera.

- Asian Tribune -

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