Sri Lanka to promote trade in Africa
Published: 15 Jul 2013
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) and Tea Board of Sri Lanka for participation of Sri Lankan exporters at the SAITEX 2013 International Trade fair held in Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand from 30th June to 2nd July, 2013.
Leading Sri Lankan companies namely DSI tyres, Kelani Cables, Rathna Cinnamon Producers and Exporters, Queens Workwear, Nature's Secret, Lalan Rubber exhibited at the Sri Lanka pavilion while Basilur Tea Exporters and Sunshine Tea Exporters were under the Tea Board pavilion at the Food and Beverage Section of SAITEX. Deputy Minister of Economic Development of South Africa .Prof Mkhize made a visit to Sri Lanka Pavilion in order to give the necessary encouragement for Sri Lankan companies to strengthen business relations with South Africa.
The High Commission of Sri lanka organised a Trade Seminar in collaboration with the City of Johannesburg named "Trade seminar -Joburg Vs Sri Lanka" on 1st July, attracting more than 100 companies at the Auditorium of the Gallagher Convention Centre. Commercial Secretary of the Sri Lanka High Commission Mrs.Nalika Kodikara made a comprehensive presentation inviting leading companies to participate at the Commonwealth Business forum to be held in Sri Lanka in November, 2013. The forum facilitated all the companies to make their company introduction and facilitated Mrs.Bandara of Sri Lanka Tea Board to make a presentation on geographical brand introduction of Ceylon Tea. Further, the tea serving campaign organised at the VIP launch, and at the Tea Board pavilion highlighted its unique identity.
A Business matchmaking programme was organised by the High Commission of Sri Lanka in collaboration with the Cape Town Chamber of Commerce with the participation of members of the Cape Chamber and the ANC Progressive Business Forum. (ANC-PBF). The session was chaired by the Co-Convenor of the ANC -PBF Renier Schoeman and past president of the Chamber Joe Emeran and the Commercial Secretary of the High Commission.
Participation at the SAITEX international trade fair helps companies to strengthen their business relations with existing buyers and also to find new buyers. During the above interactions, the delegation was able to gain knowledge on business opportunities and to explore new ventures. The delegation has indicated that they are highly satisfied with what they were able to achieve in South Africa, and are keen to further business relations for the mutual benefit of their companies and both countries.