Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera called for the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) to move into a new era of dynamism, when he addressed the 16th Council of Ministers Meeting (CoMM) of IORA held on 27th October 2016 in Bali, Indonesia.
SIAL Paris, 2016 one of the largest consumer Fairs in Europe, convened in France from 16th to 20th October 2016, attracted a large number of exporters from Sri Lankan prompting them to seek a wider market for their products mainly in the West. More than 6,500 French and international exhibitors from 105 countries displayed their food products at SIAL Paris, ranging from ingredients to processed products, including fresh produce.
Dual Citizenship certificates for 800 Sri Lankans living overseas were given recently by the Minister of Internal Affairs, Wayamba Development and Cultural Affairs S.B. Nawinna at a ceremony held recently at the ministry premises.
Managing Director of Benetti which is a worldwide acclaimed Italian company of large scale Yacht and Marina construction, Mr. Nizar Tagi and Mr. Sujay Chohan from Ocean Blue, India visited Sri Lanka and met Dilip Wedarachchi state Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic resources development recently and consented to support marine tourism in Sri Lanka related to fisheries industry.
A three-day event to explore the finest corners of culture and trade of Sri Lanka was held from 9th to 11th September in the City Hall of Bülach, near the Zurich International Airport, Switzerland. This was organized by Mr. Vidarshana Munasinghe, Honorary Consul for Sri Lanka in Switzerland.
Sri Lankan Parliamentary delegation headed by Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, President of Sri Lanka-Palestine Parliamentary Friendship Association and Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, met with Dr. Riyad Al-Malki, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Palestine.