Sri Lanka to promote trade in Africa
The visit of Sri Lankan Business delegation to South Africa is a joint initiative of the Sri Lanka High Commission in Pretoria and the Sri Lanka Export Development Board, EDB, for participation of Sri Lankan exporters at the SAITEX 2011 International Trade fair, held in Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand from 17-19July, 2011.
Eight companies representing various sectors, such as electrical cables, porcelain tableware, Ceylon tea, coconut- and coir-based products, rubber based value added products, plastic wares, herbal preparations, spices, food & beverages exhibited their products at the Sri Lanka pavilion.
The main objective of this delegation is to enable business people from both countries to build relationship and trust while exploring mutually beneficial business opportunities.
The delegation had wide range of interactions with the members of South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI), the largest National Chamber in South Africa and the Minara Chamber of Commerce in South Africa during their stay. Further, the delegation was able to interact with dominant retailers in African continent such as SPAR and Pick n Pay to explore the business opportunities for Sri Lanka.
During the above interactions, the delegation was able to consolidate the existing business opportunities and explore new ventures. The delegation is highly satisfied with the achievement that they made in South Africa and expressed their willingness to continue the business relationship for mutual benefits for both countries.
His Excellency the High Commissioner of South Africa for Sri Lanka Geoff Doidge received the opportunity to meet the delegation during his official visit to Pretoria along with the officials of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation and the Department of Trade and Industry and discussed the potential opportunities that exist for both countries to strengthen the relationship on trade & commerce.
High Commission of Sri Lanka Pretoria, South Africa