A Sri Lanka Promotional Seminar was held recently at the Happo-en Hotel in Tokyo with over 160 business and corporate leaders, potential investors, and invitees from the travel, tourism and tea trades in attendance.
The Seminar was jointly organized by the Sri Lanka Tea Board, the Department of Commerce, the Ministry of Economic Development and the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Tokyo, as an investment, tourism and tea promotion seminar.
The gathering which also marked the commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of Sri Lanka-Japan Diplomatic relations was organized in line with Sri Lanka’s continued participation at the Foodex Exhibition held from 6th to 9th March in Chiba.
Delivering the welcome and opening address, Ambassador Admiral (Rtd.) Wasantha Karannagoda spoke of the strong bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and Japan, which would be further strengthened having reached this significant milestone of 60 years of Diplomatic Relations this year in 2012.
Also addressing the gathering, Mahinda Samarasinghe, Minister of Plantation Industries, stated the importance in expanding the promotion of Ceylon Tea as well as promoting Sri Lanka as a lucrative investment and tourist destination.
The Minister invited Japanese investors to come to Sri Lanka as the country now is benefiting the dividends of peace after eradicating terrorism two years ago under the leadership of the President.
Mr. Yasuyuki Abe, Chairman of the Japan Tea Association in his presentation demonstrated the health aspects of black tea and how black tea consumers will be prevented from catching the influenza virus due to its richness of health properties called polyphenols which has a number of hydroxyl groups. The Chairman urged the invitees to drink more black tea due to its health properties.
The forum was followed by a dinner reception which served Ceylon Tea, Sri Lankan beverages such as arrack and Lion Beer with entertaining video presentations on ‘Ceylon Tea’ and ‘Sri Lanka Tourism’ followed by cultural dance segments.