The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington DC participated in the 7th Annual "Winternational" Embassy Showcase held on 6 December 2018 at the International Trade Center in Washington DC.
Annual "Winternational" Embassy Showcase provides a platform to promote cultural and culinary traditions, handicrafts, visual art as well as travel and tourism exhibits from different countries for the community in Washington DC. This year’s event featured more than 50 Embassies and was attended by large number of visitors. This is the 6th consecutive year in which the Sri Lanka Embassy participated in annual "Winternational" Embassy Showcase.
The Embassy booth, which was decorated with posters, colorful sceneries etc, projected Sri Lanka as an attractive tourism destination and showcased a range of products including Ceylon Tea, spices, handicrafts, apparel, fashion, costumes, gift items, gems and jewellery and traditional artifacts.
The visitors to the Embassy booth enjoyed Sri Lankan traditional food, delicacies and pure Ceylon tea. They were also presented with giveaway gift bags with tea and tourism promotional material received from Sri Lanka Tea Board and Sri Lanka Tourism. Over 1000 people visited the Embassy booth.
Sri Lanka’s participation at this event was coordinated by the Trade section of the Embassy in Washington DC.Embassy of Sri Lanka Washington DC 10 December 2018 [image title="149A1230" size="full" id="11954" align="center" linkto="viewer" ] [image title="149A1311" size="full" id="11956" align="center" linkto="viewer" ] [image title="149A1248" size="full" id="11957" align="center" linkto="viewer" ] [image title="149A1256" size="full" id="11958" align="center" linkto="viewer" ] [image title="149A1307" size="full" id="11959" align="center" linkto="viewer" ]
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The Charge D’ Affaires, participated in the state funeral of former US President George H.W. Bush at the Washington National Cathedral on 5th December 2018. On 3rd December 2018, he attended a special ceremony at the Capitol Rotunda in Washington DC and together with members of the diplomatic corps to paid his respects to the former US President whose remains laid in state at the Capitol from 3rd to 5th December 2018.
The Charge d’ Affaires also signed the Book of Condolence on 03rd December 2018 at the US State Department in Washington DC. In a brief message, he, on behalf of the President, Government and people of Sri Lanka, conveyed his deepest condolences to the Government and people of the United States of America on the passing of former President Bush.
The National Flag of Sri Lanka was flown at half mast at the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington DC as a mark of respect to the late US President.
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19th December 2018
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Trade Winds Indo - Pacific Business Networking Reception, organized by the US Department of Commerce was held for US companies and diplomatic officers from Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka on 13th November 2018 at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Centre in Washington DC, USA.
The US Department of Commerce - led trade mission, “Trade Winds Indo - Pacific“, is scheduled to visit India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in May 2019 with the objective of strengthening trade and economic cooperation and exploring commercial opportunities with the respective countries.
US Commerce Under Secretary for Trade, Gilbert Kaplan in his key note address emphasized the importance of enhancing trade and economic relations with countries in the Indo - Pacific region. To this end, he said the US Department of Commerce will facilitate US companies to promote trade and economic ties with Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka. It was further noted that the anticipated trade mission which is the 11th of its kind, is the largest US trade delegation to the region in more than 3 decades.
Addressing the guests, Charge D’Affaires of the Sri Lankan Embassy, Sarath Dissanayake, welcomed the US initiative to promote closer trade and economic ties with Sri Lanka at a time bilateral relations between between US and SL are on the upward trajectory. Highlighting Sri Lanka’s location along the world’s busiest maritime lanes in the Indian Ocean and its proximity to the Indian subcontinent, which is home to one fifth of the world population, as key assets, Charge D’ Affaires Dissanayake laid emphasis on Sri Lanka’s geo-strategic advantage for foreign traders and investors as a “gateway to India”. In this regard, reference is made to Free Trade Agreements signed with India and Pakistan. In passing, Charge D’Affaires noted that the Lonely Planet magazine has recently chosen Sri Lanka as the best travel destination for the year 2019 and invited US tourists to plan their next holiday in Sri Lanka.
Minister/Commercial of the Sri Lankan Embassy, Sumedha Ponnamperuma, also joined the event.Embassy of Sri Lanka Washington DC 19th November 2018 [image title="001copy" size="full" id="11975" align="center" linkto="viewer" ]