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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2675

Historic Lanka-Belarus trade meet starts in Colombo today

Colombo, 09 July, (

First ever bilateral trade meet between Sri Lanka and a key member of upcoming Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) starts today 09 July in Colombo. “Our newest trade effort with Balarus strengthens the historic relations and more importantly, gives us direct access to the world’s newest single economic market” said an upbeat Rishad Bathiudeen (Minister of Industry and Commerce of Sri Lanka) on 08 July.

Minister Bathiudeen was in discussions with his officials on the first ever Sri Lanka-Belarus Joint Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation to be held in Colombo on 9-10 July with the participation of (H.E) Valentin B. Rybakov (Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus). Deputy Minister Rybakov is arriving in Sri Lanka on 08 July leading a 20 member strong official delegation of the Government of Belarus, for this historic trade meeting.

Among sectors represented in tomorrow’s official delegation are agriculture, agriculture machinery and fisheries. Some representatives from Belrussian private sector too are also expected.

• Belarus’ Rybakov here for trade & other talks
• ‘Strengthens historic relations’-Rishad<?i>
• Belarus a member of world’s newest economic grouping EEU

• Bilateral trade at $ 14.2 Mn

Belarus is a member of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) planned to go into effect on 1 January 2015. The three members of EEU are Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia. From 01 January ’15, EEU will create a single economic market of 171 Mn people giving a new boost for Sri Lanka’s export diversification efforts. According to the Department of Commerce of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka’s trade with Belarus has recorded an erratic pattern over the years. The total trade between both countries stood at $ 14.24 Mn in 2013. The balance of trade has been in favour of Belarus. Sri Lanka occupies the 69th rank among the countries which are exporting to Belarus in 2012. Sri Lanka’s exports to Belarus include tea with a share of about 94%,followed by small quantities of new pneumatic tires, of rubber, retreated or used pneumatic tires of rubber.

Several Joint Statements were signed as a result of the successful meetings and negotiations between H.E. the President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Belarus President (HE) Alexander Lukashenko during 25-27 August’s visit of HE President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s to Belarus. In addition, a number of Agreements/MoUs covering trade & economic co-operation, Avoidance of Double Taxation and Prevention of Fiscal Evasions, Visa Exemption for Holders of Diplomatic and Service Passports, Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters, Military Technical Cooperation, Cooperation between the Ministries of Justice, Cooperation in the Field of Tourism, Civil Aviation etc too were concluded during 25-27 August’s visit.

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 Rishad Bathiudeen (Minister of Industry and Commerce of Sri Lanka) and  Valentin B. Rybakov (Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus-at right).
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