The Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Dubai, in collaboration with the National Chamber of Exporters of Sri Lanka (NCESL) organised a visit of a 12-member Business delegation from Sri Lanka to the UAE from 5 to 9 December 2022.
The business delegation consisted of Sri Lankan companies representing the product and service sectors of ceylon tea, spices, packaging, coconut-based products, IT solutions, food products and rubber-based products.
During the visit, a comprehensive program for the visiting delegation was organised by the Consulate General office in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Business Council (SLBC) in Dubai, Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) and Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
A briefing session on the UAE market to enhance awareness of the visiting delegation was held on 5 December 2022 at the Consulate General premises with the participation of the Consul General Nalinda Wijerathna, NCESL Secretary General Shiham Marikar, SLBC Dubai Chairman Riza Mohammed and board members of the SLBC.
The Consulate General Office, in collaboration with the SLBC, also organised a number of B2B meetings with targeted business ventures in the UAE to facilitate networking among the business communities of the two countries.
The visiting delegation took part in a Business Forum and B2B meetings organised at the SCCI on 6 of December 2022. The Sri Lankan delegation was received by SCCI Director General Mohammad Ahmed Amin Al Awadi, and SCCI Business and Communication Sector Assistant Director General Abdulaziz Shattaf.
The delegation took part in a business forum and B2B meetings in the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah on 8 December 2022. This program was held at the RAK Chamber of Commerce and Industry with the participation of the RAK Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chairman Mohamed Ali Musabbeh Al Nuaimi, and first Vice Chairman of the RAK Chamber and members of the Chamber Board of Directors. The delegation also joined the business forum organised by the RAK Chamber in collaboration with several government institutions and the business community.
During the official level meetings in the SCCI and RAK Chamber, both sides discussed ways to further strengthen bilateral trade and investment cooperation and to create linkages between the business communities of the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, the Emirate of Sharjah and Sri Lanka.
The Chairmen and the officials of RAK Chamber and Sharjah Chamber re-assured their fullest cooperation and collaboration with the Sri Lankan Consulate General Office and the Sri Lankan Government in future bilateral promotional activities which include a proposed Sri Lankan trade exhibition in Ras Al Khaimah.
The visit of the Sri Lankan delegation and the programs in the two emirates provided the visiting delegation with a platform to discuss potential collaborations in a range of industries while establishing avenues to explore new trade and investment opportunities to further promote trade between the business communities of the two countries.