Sri Lanka visit by US trade mission

Feb 06, 2013 (LBO) – The first American trade mission to Sri Lanka since the end of a three decades war in 2009 will visit the country from February 7 to 9, the US embassy in Colombo said. The multi-sector trade mission which is arriving after visiting South India will have firms in education, food, healthcare, airline support, infrastructure development, design consulting and engineering.

The US is Sri Lanka’s largest export market.

“Enhanced trade would further strengthen our economic ties, create opportunities for fruitful joint ventures and distributorships, and bring quality U.S. products to Sri Lankan consumers,” U.S. Embassy economic counselor Allison V. Areias-Vogel said in a statement.

The mission is designed to foster commercial engagement and lasting relationships by creating a forum to discuss prospective business opportunities and to explore avenues for collaboration.

Companies in the mission, most of which are new to Sri Lanka, will discuss the investment climate and the potential within specific sectors with representatives from the government of Sri Lanka, the U.S. Embassy, and the local business community.

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