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Ambassador Girihagama says Lanka-Oman trade has growth potential

(Srilankamirror) - Sri Lanka’s ambassador in OmanAsoka Girihagama has said that there was ample opportunity to boost commercial ties between the Sultanate and Sri Lanka from the trade volume of $102 in 2010 to $500 million in the next three years.

In an interview to Oman Tribune, ambassadorGirihagama has said there were untapped avenues of bilateral commercial cooperation which the two countries would not ignore.

He has said 80 per cent of Omani exports to Sri Lanka was oil and gas and 80 per cent of imports from Sri Lanka was tea.

Sri Lanka also exports machinery items, he has said.
The ambassador has said Sri Lanka was keen to diversify bilateral cooperation as the two countries have potential to be major strategic trade partners.

He has said it needs some innovative ideas.

The Sri Lankan Embassy stall at Muscat Festival showcases the potential of bilateral cooperation and avenues for bilateral trade, he has said.

Sri Lanka is getting ready for its national day celebrations on February 4, which would also be held on the Sri Lankan Embassy premises.

He has said as his country has ushered in an era of peace after experiencing tough times for several years, there is an opportunity to boost economic and trade ties.

Oman and Sri Lanka could cooperate to ensure food safety in the two countries, he has said.

He has highlighted investment opportunities in food processing and packaging and fisheries sectors.

Oman-Sultanate tourism was growing, he has said. In 2010, around 1,500 Omanis visited Sri Lanka.

“We need to raise awareness among people across the world including Oman about the attractions in Sri Lanka,” he has said.

He has said the Sri Lankan tourism department was distributing information brochures in Arabic and that in Sri Lanka it was easy to get interpreters and tourist guides who speak Arabic and help the Arab tourists.

He has said Sri Lanka has its own Ayurvedic system of medicine that attracts people from West.

“Medical tourism in Sri Lanka is cheaper than anywhere in South Asia,” the ambassador has added.

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