The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Beijing together with the China-Sri Lanka Chamber of Economic and Trade Cooperation organised a China-Sri Lanka Economic, Trade and Cultural Cooperation and Exchange Conference on 26 October 2021 at the Embassy. The event mainly focused on promoting investment opportunities, trade and tourism among the potential Chinese investors and tour operators. Officials from leading Chinese companies, including the CZK Industry Group, Hunan Construction Engineering Group, Caissa Travel Group, Yuan’s Seed Company Limited, members from the China-Sri Lanka Association for Trade and Economic Cooperation (CSLATE), and Embassy officials attended the event.
Ambassador of Sri Lanka to China, Dr. Palitha Kohona delivered the keynote address highlighting opportunities available in Sri Lanka for investment, trade, tourism, education and other sectors. He said that it is vital to organise events such as this, where Chinese and Sri Lankan companies can meet and exchange views and enhance cooperation among them. He further said that Sri Lanka tourism expects to closely work with Chinese tour operators and increase to at least one million Chinese tourists visiting Sri Lanka.
During the event, CSLATE signed two Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with CZK Industry Group and Hunan Construction Engineering Group. Beijing Sri Road Trading Co. Ltd., owned by a Sri Lankan entrepreneur also signed a MoU with Hunan Construction Engineering Group to promote and market Sri Lankan snacks, including confectionary products on board of high speed trains originating from Guangzhou.