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Lankan envoy discusses SL’s lobster farming potential with Norwegian businessman

Ambassador Cooray with Norwegian Lobster Farm Managing Director Asbjøn Drenstig.
Ambassador Cooray with Norwegian Lobster Farm Managing Director Asbjøn Drenstig.

Sri Lankan Ambassador to Norway Godfrey Cooray called on Norwegian Lobster Farm Managing Director Asbjøn Drenstig, a leading businessman in lobster farming in Norway, recently.

Drenstig is also involved in the Sri Lanka-Norway Business Matchmaking Programme as an Advance Partner with the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and had done a case study on “Evaluation of Norwegian Business-related Assistance”. Ambassador Cooray discussed with Drenstig of the potential and importance of enhancing the Fisheries sector corporation in Sri Lanka, including Aquaculture, while getting Norwegian expertise. As the former Chairman of National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency (NARA), he shared his experiences with Drenstig on implementing several aquaculture and fisheries projects with several counterparts in the world. Drenstig expressed his interest on implementing a large prawn farm in Sri Lanka, especially in Chilaw, Puttalam, Negombo, and Udappu.

The Ambassador highlighted his initiative on establishing the “Business Forum” of the Official website of the Embassy and suggested Drenstig to submit a feasibility report with a solid plan to start a business in Sri Lanka. Further, the Ambassador promised to extend his corporation and assistance with regard to his new investment, giving assurance from the Board of Investment (BOI) and other legal bodies.

Drenstig expressed his appreciation to the Ambassador and invited for a field visit to his Lobster Farm in Stavenger, Norway. Second Secretary Samanmali Atalugama, Business Development Officer Rosie Jones, and Personal Assistant to the Ambassador Chintha Fernando also attended the meeting.


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