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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2958

UK Trade Mission In Sri Lanka

Colombo, 28 November,m(

The inauguration of the UK trade mission to Sri Lanka, "Putting British Business on the Front Foot", was held on Thursday, 27 November, 2014 at the Cinnamon Grand Colombo. Organised by the UK Trade & Investment section of the British High Commission, Colombo, the trade mission saw representatives of 21 British companies eager to explore and discuss further opportunities for trade and investment in Sri Lanka.

The keynote address was delivered by the Deputy Minister for Investment Promotion, Faiszer Musthapha. He spoke about Sri Lanka’s strategic position as a gateway to India and the Middle East because of its trade and transport links. He warmly welcomed all the British companies present and encouraged them to “visit Sri Lanka, enjoy its beauty and make a business decision to make their next investment here”.

In his message to the UK companies, British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, John Rankin, said:

‘As British High Commissioner one of my key objectives is to increase bilateral trade between UK and Sri Lanka. The emerging markets of Asia present strong opportunities for British businesses, whose experience and expertise can be matched with the needs of these markets. The trading relationship between the UK and Sri Lanka is already well established. There are over 100 companies in Sri Lanka with UK affiliation across a wide range of sectors. 2013 was a record year for UK plc with business wins of over USD 3 billion and we are building on that success by organising this trade mission. I am pleased that our visiting UK delegates have expressed interest in a wide range of sectors from construction and particularly tourism related infrastructure to education, ICT, insurance, real estate, aviation and maritime.’

The trade mission is supported by the Council for Business with Britain; the official partners are Sri Lankan Airlines, Cinnamon Grand Hotel and Quintessentially Lifestyle.

It will continue until Friday, 28 November and will focus delegates towards the sectors identified as priority areas for development to make the island a regional hub, namely Aviation, Maritime, Commercial, Knowledge, Tourism and Energy.

- Asian Tribune –

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British High Commissioner John Rankin speaking at UK trade mission in Colombo.
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