Saudi businessmen have shown immense interest in attending the upcoming the Sri Lanka Expo 2012 scheduled from March 28-30 in Colombo, Commercial Counselor of the Sri Lankan Embassy in Saudi Arabia, Anil Sirimanna said.
The Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) has organized the three-day event being held at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH).
Industry and Commerce Minister Rishad Bathiudeen described the expo as a significant event that had drawn interest from all parts of the world.
“ Sri Lanka is a tiny country in the Indian ocean , which can offer the world a variety of its products which could find easy market in any part of the globe,” quoting the minister Arab news reported.
He said the expo would be a catalyst event to bring in international trading and investment partners to Sri Lanka .
“Saudi companies, who wish to engage a new or replenish existing ties with the Island’s commerce and economic agents are strongly encouraged to take this opportunity of visiting Sri Lanka during the mega trade and investment forum,” he said.
The commercial counselor added he was surprised at the ready response shown by the local business community toward the show.
Those interested include entrepreneurs dealing in rubber products, spices, electronic goods, coconuts, cocoa and coconut products, garments, gem and jewelry and tea.
Businessmen in Saudi are given concessional air tickets to and from Colombo coupled with three nights free accommodation in a starred hotel in the city, the diplomat said, adding that arrangements have also been made at the airport to transport the incoming trade visitors to and from the hotel.
“We want our businessmen in the Kingdom to visit our country and harness its trade potentials,” Sirimanna said. The show provides an ideal opportunity for Sri Lankan exporters to showcase their quality export products and services, both traditional and non-traditional, at a single platform with over 370 stalls to an international audience. Over 1,000 buyers from strategic markets are expected to attend the event,” he said.
Sirimanna said the exhibition would showcase the island’s export products and services. “It has attracted, trade and business associations, public and private sector representatives and other international buyers from all parts of the globe,” he added.