* Sri Lankan trade delegation to visit Vietnam

Oct 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka will send a 20 – member trade delegation to Vietnam from November 13 – 18 to promote trade between the two nations, the government said today.

The visit of the Sri Lankan delegation follows the recent visit by the President of Vietnam Truong Tang Sang and his high-powered delegation comprising 60 businessmen.

During their six-day visit to Vietnam the Sri Lankan delegation led by the President of the National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka, Asoka Hettigoda, will take measures to strengthen the bilateral relationship between the two countries focusing on trade in the agriculture, textile, fisheries and apparel sectors.

The Sri Lankan delegation will cover the main cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam exploring the opportunities for trade in agriculture machinery, fruits and vegetables, rubber and related products, textile yarn and apparel sectors, the government said.

The tour will also focus on expanding tourism trade by increasing the number of Vietnamese tourists to the island, with arrangements for direct flights between the two countries at a final stage.

Representatives of Sri Lanka’s Department of Commerce, Export Development Board, and Board of Investments will also join the tour.

The government invites those who wish to participate in the delegation to contact the National Chamber of Commerce before October 30th.

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