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Wednesday, August 14, 2013 (All day)
Business

SL - Cuba trade discussion

A presentation, discussion on “Bilateral Trade between Sri Lanka and Cuba” organized by the National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka will be held on August 22, 2013 from 3 to 4.30 pm at the Chamber Auditorium, 450 D R Wijewardene Mawatha, Colombo10.

The guest speaker will be Indira Lopez Arguelles, Charge d’affaires of the Embassy of the Republic of Cuba. She will speak on the current business trend, trade potential, opportunities for export, import, investment and service for Sri Lankans in Cuba. The participants will get an opportunity to interact with the officials of the Cuban Embassy and get information on the relevant areas.

Sri Lanka and Cuba established diplomatic ties in 1959, and celebrated its golden jubilee of 50 years in 2009. Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean with a population of over 11 million and Havana is its capital city. It is mostly recognized as a sugar producing country and famous for its Cuban cigars, and calypso music. Sri Lanka imports from Cuba, sugar, nickel, fish, citrus fruits, tobacco products, medicinal products and coffee. Sri Lanka exports to Cuba, ceramic ware, tea, coconut coir, apparel and clothing, precious and semi precious stones, leather goods.

The most important mineral resource is nickel. Sri Lanka and Cuba being two island nations have similar climatic conditions and some crops that are identified for exchange are mango, papaya, guava, pineapple and coconut. Relations between the two countries today are multifaceted covering trade, investment, education, science and technology.

Cuba has tripled its market share of Caribbean tourism in the last decade; as a result of significant investment in tourism infrastructure. Medical tourism sector caters to thousand of European and western countries. For registration email pa@nationalchamber.lk; sg@nationalchamber.lk