Oct 27, Colombo: Following Sri Lankan President's visit to the State of Qatar and successfully wrapping up bilateral discussions, the rich Gulf country is dispatching a large official delegation led by an influential Minister to Colombo to move bilateral trade actions forward.
Qatari Minister of Economy and Commerce Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim bin Mohamed al-Thani will be leading a 20-man delegation to Colombo for the second Joint Committee Meeting between both countries that will commence on Monday October 30 in Colombo.
This is one of the largest ever Qatari delegations to arrive in Sri Lanka for bilateral trade talks. Sri Lanka’s Minister of industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen will lead the Sri Lankan team at the talks.
The visiting members of the delegation are from various Qatari state agencies, Chambers and Doha corporations in power, food and banking sectors.
Both sides will discuss bilateral cooperation in trade, investment, tourism and economic development at the two-day in-depth sessions that will conclude on 31 October. A one to one meeting between the visiting Qatari Minister Al Thani and Sri Lankan Minister Bathiudeen is also scheduled towards the end of two-day sessions.
A high level Sri Lankan delegation led by President Maithripala Sirisena and joined by Minister Bathiudeen concluded their Qatari visit on 26 October.
According to the Department of Commerce of Sri Lanka, Qatar is also an important employment market for Sri Lankans mostly employed in minor job categories.
During the President's visit, the two countries signed six Memorandums of Understanding and one agreement on cooperation in power and energy, health and medical science and diplomatic training and research.
President Sirisena had also asked Qatar to partner with Sri Lanka's cash strapped national carrier SriLankan Airlines.