Consul General of Sri Lanka Jagath Abeywarna Said:
“The Sri Lankan delegation will explore possibility of enhancing trade and investment ties with Pakistani counterparts, besides exploring tourism opportunities available in Pakistan. Most of the Sri Lankan tourists, who have been regularly visiting India and Nepal, were not much aware of the historical Buddhist sites in Pakistan,” he added while exchanging views at a meeting during his visit to the Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI).
Sri Lankan CG sought KCCI’s cooperation in arranging business-to-business (B2B) meetings during the visit of Sri Lankan delegation. “It is going to be a main activity as we haven’t received such a big delegation to Pakistan since long.”
He also advised KCCI to arrange a similar delegation to Sri Lanka as exchange of trade delegations was the only way to improve trade and investment ties.
He was of the view that there was a lot of potential to two-way trade and investment ties between the two friendly countries. “As Pakistan has very strong pharmaceutical and textiles industries, these can be exported to Sri Lanka as we import almost all types of pharmaceutical products and fabrics.”
He said that Pakistan and Sri Lanka were friendly nations who have been supporting each other in difficult situations. During civil war in Sri Lanka, Pakistan was one of the main countries which provided assistance to Sri Lanka.
Referring to President KCCI’s remarks, Sri Lankan CG assured that they will look into the possibility of inviting maximum number of Sri Lankan companies to participate in My Karachi Exhibition which was scheduled at Karachi Expo Centre from Feb 11 to Feb 13, 2022.