Three-day 4th Jaffna International Trade Fair inaugerated
The 4th Jaffna International Trade Fair (JITF) being held on January 18-20, 2013 at the Duraiyappa Stadium in Jaffna was inaugurated yesterday by Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry & Commerce and Douglas Devananda, Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development.
At the inaugural event Mr. V. Mahalingam, Consul General of India, Jaffna, was the Special Guest. . Mr. Harimawan Suyito, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia, Mr. E. Saravanapavan, M.P., Mrs. Yogeswaray Patkunarajah, Mayor of Jaffna, and executives of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka and Yarlpanam were also present on the occasion.
India has been participating as a Partner Country of the JITF for the 4th consecutive year. 36 Indian companies are participating in the Trade Fair, of which the largest contingent of 28 companies is from Tamil Nadu Chamber of Commerce, Madurai. Large Indian corporates who are prominent in Sri Lanka like Tata Motors, Ashok Leyland, Maruti Suzuki, TAFE, Mahindra Tractors etc., are also present through their local agents/distributors/trade delegates in the Fair.
The Indian companies which are participating in the Fair are mostly from the fields of agricultural machinery, food packaging, automotive components, agro products, exporters of jute products, granite, grey fabric, medical equipment, traditional medicines and textiles.
India’s continued participation in the JITF is to show our commitment for the renewal and reconstruction process presently that the Northern Province is undergoing. This is in spite of India being the Sri Lanka’s largest trade partner globally and Sri Lanka being India’s largest trade partner in SAARC.
India’s commitment to rehabilitate KKS harbor, re-construction of Northern Railway lines between Medawachchiya and Mannar and Medawachchiya and KKS, rehabilitation of Atchuvely Industrial Zone etc., are in the direction of reviving the economic activities particularly trade and industry in the Northern Sri Lanka.
- Asian Tribune -