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* France explores trade and investment opportunities in Southern Sri Lanka
Tue, Apr 29, 2014, 04:45 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 29, Colombo: Ambassador of France to Sri Lanka and the Maldives Jean-Paul Monchau recently visited Southern Province of Sri Lanka to witness the development taking place in the Province.

During his two-day visit to the Southern Province on 23-24 April, 2014, the Ambassador witnessed the development of Hambantota as a logistical hub while visiting newly-developed infrastructures such as the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport and the Port of Hambantota, the Embassy of France in Colombo said in a statement today.

According to the French envoy, new infrastructures, as well as the new road networks and the International Convention Center, offer the necessary setting to attract investments, especially in the Port and in the Airport area.

Mr. Monchau met with the director of the Hambantota Chamber of Commerce, Mrs. Krishanti Weerasinghe, in order to explore trade and investment opportunities between France and Sri Lanka.

The French Ambassador also met with the Governor of the Southern Province Mrs. Kumari Balasuriya and discussed the new economic trends in the Province and the touristic development of the city of Galle, a treasure for lovers of history and well-preserved age old buildings. He also had met the Government Agent of Galle.

Mr. Monchau paid a visit to the Alliance Française de Matara and the Alliance Française de Galle and interacted with the teachers and students as well as members of the board. He also visited the University of Ruhuna In Matara, and met the Vice-Chancellor Prof. G. Senanayake.

While discussing cultural and academic cooperation between the two countries, the Ambassador has stressed the importance of developing French language training for tourism and business in Sri Lanka.

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