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Sri Lankan Embassy in Brussels Hosts Event Showcasing Economic Recovery and Opportunities

On May 15, 2024, the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Brussels hosted an event at the ‘Sri Lanka Residence’ to highlight the country’s recent economic recovery and emerging opportunities. The event drew over 55 participants, including representatives from the European Commission, the Belgian Government, and a diverse array of private sector entities in Belgium.

The networking session allowed participants to engage with Embassy officials and discuss potential future collaborations in trade, tourism, and investment sectors in detail.

Ambassador Chandana Weerasena briefed attendees on Sri Lanka’s remarkable economic turnaround following an unprecedented crisis, emphasizing the country’s readiness for deeper economic engagement with international partners.

Minister (Commercial) Thavishya Mullegamgoda delivered an in-depth presentation on the opportunities in trade, tourism, and investment in Sri Lanka. She highlighted the strategic importance of Sri Lanka and encouraged the Belgian private sector to explore new business ventures in the country. Additionally, she underscored the attractiveness of Sri Lanka as a destination for foreign travelers.

The event was attended by officials from various EU institutions connected to Sri Lanka, including the European External Action Service, Directorate General for Trade, Directorate General for Health & Food Safety, and those managing EU GSP+ policy. Representatives from the Belgian Foreign Trade Agency and business promotional organizations, as well as private sector entrepreneurs from industries such as travel & tourism, tea, business consultancy, and import & export, were also present. Attendees included members of different chambers of commerce in Belgium, representatives from airlines, the International Military Sports Council based in Brussels, research institutions, and journalists.

Participants enjoyed authentic Sri Lankan cuisine and Ceylon tea. The venue also featured product samples from Sri Lankan companies and tourism brochures.

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