Nov 13, Colombo: A 15 member business delegation organized by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) has visited Riyadh to further promote trade, investment and tourism between Sri Lanka and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from October 28 to November 1, 2017.
This successful business promotion mission was organized by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Saudi Arabia, the Chamber said in a release.
In addition, a networking event was organized for delegates to meet Sri Lankan expatriate professionals attached to Trade and Investment Steering Committees of the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Saudi Arabia to share their experience in doing business in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Under the leadership of Azmi Thassim, Ambassador for Sri Lanka in Saudi Arabia, Steering Committees have been formed to promote trade, investment and tourism between our two countries.
"Sri Lanka looks forward to further strengthening ties with the Kingdom, especially in the fields of trade, investment, employment and tourism. Since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, trade and tourism have tremendously increased for the benefit of the people of the two friendly countries," the Ambassador for Sri Lanka Azmi Thassim said at the discussion forum adding that nearly 40,000 Saudi nationals visited Sri Lanka last year.
The Ambassador said that Saudi families who had visited Sri Lanka had always opted to repeat their visits because of the island's natural scenic beauty and the hospitality of its people.
During the discussion forums, Senior Assistant Secretary General of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, Lilakshi de Mel extended invitations to the Council of Saudi Chambers and the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce to organize business promotion missions to Sri Lanka to explore many business and investment opportunities available. It was further stated that the visit will go down in the history book of the Chamber as this is the first formal business promotion mission organized to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.