Charge D’ Affaires speaks at “ Trade Winds Indo – Pacific “ Business Networking Reception

December 28, 2018 at 2:46 pm

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