British High Commissioner visits Sri Lanka’s South :

Apr 07, Colombo: The British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, John Rankin, has begun a three-day visit on Tuesday (05) to the Southern Province, the British High Commission (BHC) in Colombo reports.

The visit on the first day of the visit was focused on trade and investment opportunities in the Southern Province, the High Commission said.

“A key part of my job is to promote bilateral trade between Sri Lanka and the UK and the deep South offers many exciting new commercial opportunities,” Rankin has been quoted by the BHC.

Rankin has visited the newly-built Mahinda Rajapaksa stadium in Hambanthota where two of the ICC World Cup matches were played last month.

“The growing focus on sport in Hambantota also offers up opportunities for trade between Sri Lanka and the UK,” the High Commissioner has said.

Rankin noting the Sri Lankan government’s efforts to develop regional economies with a new harbor in Hambanthota and construction of a second airport in progress has said that Hambantota as a location offers significant opportunities in diverse business areas, including cargo and shipping, tourism and the service sector.

Sri Lanka is also bidding to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Hambanthota.

The High Commissioner has offered to share some of UK’s expertise and experience in generating new investment opportunities from hosting 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games with Sri Lanka if Hambanthota was successful in its bid for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The High Commissioner has visited the new international airport, the new seaport, and sites connected with the upcoming Asian beach games. He also has had meetings with the Government Agent and the Hambantota District Chamber of Commerce, the High Commission said.

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