Sri Lanka Expo 2012 fair expects 1,000 delegates

Dec 06, 2011 – Sri Lanka is expecting more than 1,000 business and official delegates for Sri Lnaka Expo2012, an export trade fair being held in March 2012 in Colombo.

A business forum will also be held and some of the attendies will be World Trade Organization (WTO) director general Pascal Lamy, Marc Bolland, chief executive of the retail chain Marks and Spencer and Sharen J Turney chief executive of Victoria’s Secret.

Over 300 local exhibitors will be exhibiting at the Sri Lanka Exp 2012, Sri Lanka’s Export Development Board chief Janaka Ratnayake said.

They will display manufactured goods, information technology, business process outsourcing, tourism and also investment opportunities.

Though the EDB is the lead agency behind the fair, the island’s tourism, tea, and investment promotion agencies are also involved, officials said.

Minister of Industries and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said organizers had already gone on road shows to several regions to promote the event which is a combined export, tourism and investment fair.

Sri Lanka is expecting to boost its exports to 15 billion dollars by 2015, minister Bathiudeen said.

The four day fair ‘Sri Lanka Expo 2012 – Partnering with the Hub of Asia’ will begin on March 28. The Sri Lanka Expo fair is being held after the absence of 15 years.

The end of a 30-year civil war in 2009 has already resulted in a tourism boom and made the country safer.

Ratnayake said large retail chains such as Walmart and Arcadia is looking Sri Lanka as a sourcing destination.

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