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Lanka Bahrain keen to promote trade and commercial cooperation

The outgoing Ambassador Dr. Mendis with Principal Advisor, Salman Bin Khalifa Al-Khalifa, at Gudaibiya Palace
The outgoing Ambassador Dr. Mendis with Principal Advisor, Salman Bin Khalifa Al-Khalifa, at Gudaibiya Palace

Both Sri Lanka and the Kingdom of Bahrain would be eager to bolster economic, investment, trade and commercial cooperation, thus leading to the expansion and diversification of the respective economic bases, said Prime Minister, Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa and Principle Advisor to the Prime Minister, Salman Bin Khalifa Al-Khalifa, at the Gudaibiya Palace when outgoing Ambassador of Sri Lanka, Dr A. Saj U. Mendis, called on them before his departure.

The Prime Minister and Advisor as well as other dignitaries at the Gudaibiya Palace expressed that the relations between the two countries, now, have reached an unprecedented plateau, which both the countries could unleash and duly exploit, particularly in the context of economic and investment activity.

Prime Minister had stated that the bilateral relations, in all spheres, have been progressing steadily, particularly, with the pro-active participation of a competent, disciplined, dedicated and honest expatriate workforce from Sri Lanka.

HRH Prime Minister was accompanied by his Principal Advisor, Deputy Prime Ministers, Ministers and Advisers and other senior most officials of the Palace of the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister stated that the last occasion that he visited Sri Lanka was in July of 2009 and added that the visit was highly productive and constructive.

Ambassador further added that since the historic visit of the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain in 2009, the relations between the two countries have further widened, deepened, strengthened and elevated to an unmatched scale.

Ambassador Dr Mendis further expressed sincere appreciation and gratitude, on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka, for the opportunities and facilities extended by the Government of Bahrain in securing a large number of employment opportunities to nationals of Sri Lanka, particularly, semi-skilled, skilled and professionals in all disciplines and trades.

He also, enunciated that the Government of Bahrain has extended a favorable and affable environment and ambiance for Sri Lankan workers to live and work, contentedly, in Bahrain, thus mutually benefiting both the countries.

Ambassador Dr Mendis, further, accentuated the seminality and criticality of the migrant/expatriate workers for Sri Lanka as they contribute nearly 9% of the GDP, which is almost equivalent to the combined total contribution of the garment sector, tourism and tea, thus impressing the significance and impact of migrant workers for Sri Lanka.

Prime Minister and Principal Advisor also stated that the expatriate Sri Lankan workers have contributed to the advancement and evolution of the Kingdom of Bahrain, during the past decades. Prime Minister and Advisor also underscored that Sri Lanka is on an economic and investment trajectory opposed to many other countries in the world, particularly in the context of tourism and manufacturing.

It was also noted that Principal Advisor, Salman Bin Khalifa Al-Khalifa, led a 15-member delegation of corporate captains from Bahrain to attend the “Economic & Investment Conclave of Sri Lanka” a couple of years ago.

Dr Mendis stated that Sri Lanka is focusing extensively on economic and commercial diplomacy and is seeking employment opportunities in highly skilled and skilled provinces and categories such as financial services, ITES, trade, management, medical services and engineering, amongst others.

The Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain is the longest serving Prime Minister of the world since he assumed office in 1970.

Dr. Mendis served as the Ambassador of Kingdom of Bahrain for over three years and is being transferred as the Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Republic of Korea.

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