Sri Lanka Belgium trade associations cement link

July 27, 2011 (LBO) – Trade associations representing businesses in Sri Lanka and Belgium had inked a deal to expand economic links between the two countries, the island’s embassy in Brussels said. BelgoLux Sri Lanka Business Council has 23 large Belgium companies, the embassy said.

R D S Kumaratne who heads the mission’s economic and commercial affairs says Belgium could be used as a transit hub for the EU.

There was a demand for bicycles, vehicle accessories, spices, toys, footwear, garden decor, gems and jewellery, wood and coconut products.

Madhuka Wickramarachchi, second secretary says Belgian tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka grew by 228 percent in the six months to June 2011 and charter and regular flights between the two countries had increased.

“Belgium is increasingly becoming one of the key suppliers of high end tourists to Sri Lanka,” Wickramarachchi was quoted as saying.

“Also the Belgian firms are also keen to have their meetings and conferences in Sri Lanka.”

The memorandum of understanding was signed in Brussels between signed between BelgoLux Sri Lanka Business Council and Ceylon Chamber of Commerce’s Benelux Business Council.

Sri Lanka’s ambassad