The New Delhi-based Ambassador of Poland accredited to Sri Lanka Tomasz Lukaszuk held discussions with the Chairperson of Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) Indira Malwatte this week in Colombo.
The discussion centered on the Polish participation at the World Export Development Forum (WEDF) to be held In Colombo in October this year.
The Polish Ambassador said that he is very keen on bringing down a large delegation for the event and to organize an objective-driven B2B meeting program for the delegation.
Sri Lanka is well known as a tourist destination and for its quality tea he said, while emphasizing the need for engagement in other prospective areas.
Poland is keen to look in to both trade and investment prospects the Ambassador said. Agro processing, Boat building, Home appliances, ceramics, Green technology and ICT are the mutually benefiting sectors for both the countries to explore for trade & investment promotion.
EDB Chairperson Indira Malwatte welcomed the idea of organizing B2B program for the visiting trade delegation to the WEDF 2016. She also said that the EDB and the ITC are ready to organize B2B sessions on 11th October 2016, the day prior to the Forum at the BMICH.
Importance of a follow up outward trade delegation from Sri Lanka to Poland next year was also discussed. EDB also made a presentation on WEDF 2016 to the Polish Ambassador detailing the arrangements of WEDF 2016.
The World Export Development Forum (WEDF), the flagship event of the Geneva-based International Trade Centre (ITC), will be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on 12-13 October 2016 under the theme “Trade for Success: Connect, Compete, Change”.
WEDF will bring together more than 600 policymakers, business leaders, and officials from trade and investment support institutions (TISIs) and international organizations to discuss how to achieve sustainable and inclusive economic growth through trade.
A series of business-to-business match-making events will also be held over the two-day meeting, allowing participants to create business linkages across sectors and across countries.
The Deputy Head of Mission at the Polish Embassy, WEDF Steering Committee representatives from the trade chambers viz National Chamber of Exporters of Sri Lanka, The National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka and Chamber of Young Lankan Entrepreneurs (Coyle) were also present at this meeting.