Sri Lanka Norway Business Matchmaking Programme report
The Sri Lanka-Norway Business Matchmaking Programme of the Ceylon
Chamber of Commerce released its annual report recently. The Project is
a longstanding co-operation between the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and
Norad and has been providing mutually beneficial services to both
countries for a period close to two decades. According to the year 2011
annual report the years 2009 and 2010, following the end of the three
decade long war have been very satisfactory and 2011 has been
ICT Delegation from Sri Lanka in Oslo, one of the key events
during the year reviewed
The programme has introduced a number of innovative technologies
between the two countries. A large number of Memoranda of Understanding
have been entered into by parties from Sri Lanka and Norway.
This programme has also been instrumental in increasing exports to
Norway by over 25% during the last year and the balance of trade is over
U$D 10 million in favour of Sri Lanka.
Twenty six Norwegian companies visited Sri Lanka and an Information,
Communication Technology (ICT) delegation of 11 Sri Lankan companies
The delegation took part in 70 meetings with 12 Norwegian companies
in Oslo. 17 Norwegian Companies entered into Memoranda of Understanding
with Sri Lankan companies. During the year an 8 member delegation of the
fishery Industry of Norway created national interest due to the
commitment shown by the Hon. Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic
Resources. A seminar titled "Opportunities and strategies for the
development of fisheries and aquaculture sector in Sri Lanka" where the
delegates shared their experiences with the Sri Lankan industrialists
and academics was also held.
The other Norwegian companies that visited Sri Lanka during the
period had important new technologies to offer to local industrialists.
Vestfold Plastindustri met with the Sri Lanka Standards Institute to
consider introducing Plastic Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) tanks in place
of steel tanks which are currently used and are considered cumbersome.
Ro Solutions AS offers desalinization plants to produce potable water
from Sea and brackish water.
Etech Miljo AS specializes in collection of land fill gases for the
production of energy is a unique introduction to waste management.
Salsnes Filter AS is engaged in trading of wastewater treatment systems
and they are working closely with the University of Moratuwa to evaluate
the effectiveness of the system as well as to introduce new technologies
in the sector. Hoegh LNG has provided the possibility of attracting the
highest investment in Sri Lanka under the BMMP by introducing LNG
(Liquid Natural Gas) as fuel.
AgroNova has a patented process for recycling waste from hotels and
restaurants and are working on a food waste composting pilot project.
As a result of all these programmes and mutual benefits that have
been received by parties in Sri Lanka and Norway, the Norwegian partners
-Advance Business Partners has described 2011 as "the best ever
experience so far for BMMP for Sri Lanka".
Those interested in obtaining the services of the Sri Lanka-Norway
Business Matchmaking Programme are invited to visit
www.srilankanorwaybiz.com for further details.