Minister Hakeem to visit Turkey seeking Sri Lanka tea expansion


Feb 03, 2016 (LBO) – Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Leader and City Planning Minister Rauff Hakeem will undertake a week-long official visit to Turkey as part of the Prime Minister’s initiative to expand the market for Sri Lankan tea.

Minister Hakeem is on a mission to explore the possibility of increasing the volume of tea exports to Turkey, the ministry said.

He is also scheduled to meet the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan among other government officials.

Minister Hakeem will also seek Turkey’s assistance in a host of other areas of interest, including Northern resettlement, city planning and water supply-related activities during this visit.

His delegation to Turkey will comprise representatives of Sri Lanka Tea Board, Representative from Tea Research Institute and Representatives from Tea Exporters Association.

Prior to leaving for Turkey, Minister Hakeem was on a brief visit to London to take part in a parley on constitutional reform process in Sri Lanka.