July 13, Colombo: The Fourth Ayurveda - Expo 2013 International Indigenous Healthcare Exhibition and Trade Fair opened in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo Friday.
Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa opened the three-day mega exhibition and trade fair, organized by the National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka in association with the Ministry of Indigenous Medicine at the BMICH yesterday (July 12). The exhibition ends on July 14.
The biennial exhibition first held in 2007, showcases and promotes the indigenous healthcare products and services.
The exhibition focuses mainly on Ayurveda Medicine, Wellness, Healing, Lifestyle, Nature friendly Health food, Acupuncture, Yoga, Meditation, Homeopathy, beauty care products and a host of other related sectors.
This time the exhibition comprises 110 stalls, out of which 100 stalls are from Sri Lanka and the rest comprises eight Indian and two Chinese stalls.
Delegations from India, China, France, Germany, South Africa and Thailand, representatives of Ayurveda companies, hospitals, herbal drug companies, Ayurveda tourist resorts and ayurvedic physicians participate in the exhibition.
In parallel to the expo, an international conference on traditional medicine will also be held Saturday.
According to the Economic Development Ministry, Sri Lanka's exports of Ayurveda products have seen a sharp increase last year. The country has earned US$ 3.5 million in 2012 from exporting Ayurveda products, a 35 percent increase compared to the export income in 2011.
Australia, Albania, India, Japan and the Maldives are among the countries that purchase Sri Lankan Ayurveda products.