The Sri Lanka High Commission, London UK organized a targeted programme of promoting Expo 2012 with lead Organizations in Birmingham and London recently.
Dr. Chris Nonis, High Commissioner of Sri Lanka visited the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and addressed the members of that Chamber and a well represented gathering of the West Midlands Chambers of Commerce and the Institute of Asian Business of the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce.
He emphasized the overall positive economic indices of the country, the burgeoning opportunities arising in the wake of the economic developmental potential unleashed in the areas of the North and the East of Sri Lanka in the aftermath of the restoration of peace and normalcy. In addition to the progress made in reconstruction programme, he also took the opportunity to highlight the comprehensive ongoing reconciliation programmes undertaken.
The High Commissioner also detailed Sri Lanka’s comparative advantages, as well as the various business ventures, projects available for foreign direct investment or partnership and the variety of investment incentives specifically directed at priority sectors of the economy. An exposition of the advantages and multi-facetted variety of interests and opportunities available for prospective visitors to Expo 2012 was delivered by the Trade Section of the Mission.
Consequently the West Midlands Chambers of Commerce and the UKTI in conjunction with the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce have announced their first visit to Sri Lanka which is timed to coincide with the Sri Lanka Expo 2012.
The UKTI in its advisory to the UK Trade Mission to Sri Lanka have noted the strategically important trading activity between the two countries, its pivotal position as Sri Lanka’s second largest market for clothing and textile exports totalling approx. US$1 Bn. citing in particular the importance of the bilateral Higher Education and professional training technology partnerships.
The Sri Lanka High Commissioner addressed a diverse range of SME, blue chip and public sector representatives at West London Business a conglomerate of major corporate entities on 16th Feb. 2012 where similar presentations were made on the benefits accruing to members of West London Business who may wish to attend Expo 2012.