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Lanka to tap Oman as potential destination

By: Kabeer Yousuf

MUSCAT — With the country’s highly favourable socio-economic scenario and thriving trade and commerce vistas, Sri Lanka is all set to explore the possibilities of working very closely with the Sultanate of Oman in various terms.

One of the first in the series of exploring opportunities will be the ‘Sri Lanka Trade Fair and Food Festival’ to be held in Muscat on October 9, 10 and 11 where a miniature face of the island country will be replicated.

“This is the first of its kind in the bilateral relations of the two nations and it’s a milestone in the long way ahead,” Asoka K Girihagama, Sri Lankan Ambassador to the Sultanate, said.

As many as 40 exporters and entrepreneurs are expected to take part in the expo that will showcase a plethora of products and services from the land that hosts some of the precious diamond collections and finest tea as well as is a home for some breath-taking landscapes.

“We have identified Oman as one of the potential markets that Sri Lankan exporters and entrepreneurs could enter easily with confidence due to its low competitiveness and rich market conditions.

“In line with that, we have invited the corporate bodies, business entities and companies in Sri Lanka to take part in the forthcoming exhibition,” Ashoka K Girihagama added.

The bilateral relations between the two friendly nations that traces 25 years down the lane with the opening of the first Sri Lankan diplomatic mission in Muscat way back in December 1987 has welcomed various trade and friendly missions both ways with the last one being the visit of the Minister of Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare, Dilan Perera inviting companies to recruit more skilled Sri Lankan workers to Oman.

The three-day expo will primarily focus on Sri Lanka’s very own printing and stationary solutions, floriculture, IT and telecommunications, fruits and vegetables, herbal tea and spa products, coconut and coconut based products, electrical and electronics, wooden products, diamond, gems, and jewellery, ceramics and porcelain products, chemical and plastic products, confectionery, light engineering, footwear and leather, rubber and rubber-based products, handloom and handicraft, spices and allied products, giftware and lifestyle, ornamental fish, processed foods and other beverages, toys, games and sports, organic products, and services in travel and tourism as well as business and other professional services, and boat building.

Currently there are over 16,000 Sri Lankans residing in the Sultanate out of whom more than 30 per cent is a mix bag of doctors, engineers, IT professionals and other high professionals while the domestic aid community comprises 70 per cent.

Source : Oman Daily Observer 16.08.2012