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Sri Lanka participates at the Transport Logistics Fair 2019 in Munich, 4-7 June 2019

Translog1The Export Development Board of Sri Lanka (EDB), in coordination with the delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Sri Lanka (AHK Sri Lanka), Sri Lanka Embassy in Berlin and the Sri Lanka Consulate in Frankfurt, organized a pavilion at the Transport Logistics Fair 2019, one of the most significant industry platforms in Germany for logistics and transport. The pavilion showcased the expertise of Sri Lanka in efficient cargo handling and its further potential as a logistics hub.

Translog2Chief of Staff of the Prime Minister and Minister of Ports and Shipping, Hon. Sagala Ratnayaka, declared the Sri Lanka Pavilion open, together with German Parliamentary State Secretary Steffen Bilger.

Translog3Several major service providers in Sri Lanka including, Sri Lanka Ports Authority, South Asia Gateway Terminals, Colombo International Container Terminals, Heyles Advantis, MAC Holdings, Abans Logistics and, IT service providers for logistics, including, Geoid Information Technologies, Kings lake and EC Holdings constituted the Sri Lanka delegation.

The pavilion was attracted by many visitors and served as a platform to showcase potentials of Sri Lanka in the logistics sector, which will be a positive gesture in attracting investors from Germany and other countries.

Translog4Around 2162 exhibitors from 62 countries participated in the event.

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Embassy of Sri Lanka promotes Ceylon Tea at the 4th German – Asian Business Dialogue

Teaprom1The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Berlin, as part of its tea promotional program in 2019, set up a tea corner at the 4th German – Asian Business Dialogue, which was held on 5 June 2019 at the Alliance Forum in Berlin with the aim of promoting Ceylon tea.

Teaprom2Hot tea from the different regions of Sri Lanka was served with some Sri Lankan cookies to all the visitors. The tea corner was both attracted and commended by a large number of participants.

Teaprom3The Embassy’s participation facilitated promotion of Ceylon Tea, raising awareness among the participants on Sri Lanka’s rich tea culture and history of Ceylon Tea.

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Parliamentary delegation from Sri Lanka visits Germany

ParlDel1A Parliamentary delegation from Sri Lanka, headed by Hon. Kumara Welgama, undertook a visit to Germany from 2-9 June 2019 on an invitation extended by the German-South Asia Parliamentary Friendship Group. The delegation was comprised of Hon. Members of Parliament Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, Sunil Hadunnetti, S.M. Marikkar, Wijepala Hettiarachchi, Shanthi Sriskandarasa and Assistant Director /Administration of the Sri Lanka Parliament Janakantha Silva.

ParlDel2During the visit, the delegation met with the Vice President of the German Parliament Dr. Hans-Peter Friedrich, Deputy Chairperson of the Foreign Committee on Civilian Crisis Prevention, Conflict Resolution and Network Action, Dr. Daniela De Ridder, Chairperson of the German-South Asia Parliamentary Friendship Group Mr. Tobias Pflüger and officials of the GIZ, Federal Ministries for Foreign Affairs and Economic Cooperation and Development. In addition, the delegation visited the Federal Parliament of Germany, State Parliament of Brandenburg, German Geo-research Centre in Potsdam and memorial Topography of Terror, during the visit.

ParlDel3Ambassador Eng. Karunasena Hettiarachchi hosted a dinner, in honour of the delegation on 6 June 2019 at the official residence. Chairman of the German-South Asia Parliamentary Friendship Group Mr. Tobias Pflüger, M.P. also attended the dinner.

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Embassy of Sri Lanka gifts two Buddha statues to the Embassy of Cambodia in Berlin

Buddhastatuen1The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Berlin gifted two Buddha statues to the Embassy of Cambodia in Berlin, upon a request made by the Cambodian Ambassador. Eng. Karunasena Hettiarachchi, Ambassador, officially handed over the Buddha statues to Ambassador Sopharath Touch, on 7 June 2019 at the Embassy premises. This meritorious act was assisted by Air Chief Marshal Kapila Jayampathy (Rtd).

Buddhastatuen2Ambassador Eng. Hettiarachchi highlighted that this gifting of Buddha statues will be a token of friendship between the two countries, which are, in principle, following Theravada Buddhism. He further elaborated that both Sri Lanka and Cambodia can work together in Buddhism related matters and collaborate in religious celebrations and festivities.

The Cambodian Ambassador appreciated the gesture of goodwill and friendship of the Ambassador of Sri Lanka to gift the Buddha statues and assured Cambodia’s engagement and participation in the future religious events organized by the Sri Lanka Embassy in Berlin.