Published on : Thursday, February 6, 2020
Wijerathna said that Sri Lanka and the UAE have been enjoying cordial and friendly bilateral relations since the establishment of diplomatic relations and the opening of the Sri Lankan Embassy in Abu Dhabi in 1979. During these years, a number of milestones in the two country’s bilateral relations have been witnessed. The cordial relations between the two countries based on mutual trust and understanding have spread in all the spheres including trade, investment, tourism and economic cooperation.
The UAE is the largest export market for Sri Lankan products in the Gulf region, ranking at number seven among Sri Lanka’s export destinations. Being Sri Lanka’s largest import partner in the Gulf, the UAE is at number three among its top import destinations. The contribution of the UAE in Sri Lanka’s foreign direct investment and tourism sectors is also very important.
The consulate general of Sri Lanka is responsible for providing consular services to Sri Lankan expatriates living in Dubai and the northern emirates, and promoting bilateral trade, tourism, investments and economic relations. The UAE, due to its favorable environment for employment, remains one of the most preferred employment destinations among Sri Lankans. The consulate general will focus on strengthening bilateral ties further. Promotion of bilateral trade, tourism and investment relations will also be prioritized in Sri Lanka’s action plan in 2020.
Wijerathna said that Sri Lanka’s participation in Expo 2020 Dubai is organized by the Sri Lanka Export Development Board in association with other government institutions and private stakeholders.
The Sri Lanka pavilion at Expo 2020 will be located under the expo’s sub-theme, ‘Opportunity’, and the country will be promoted under the theme, ‘Island of Ingenuity’. The pavilion will display Sri Lanka’s rich portfolio of offerings. Expo 2020 is expected to be a golden opportunity for Sri Lanka to improve its image and showcase the nation’s quality offerings to the world.