Oct 27, 2017

Qatar-Sri Lanka trade talks begin in Colombo this Monday

Within four days of a Presidential level delegation from Sri Lanka successfully wrapping up its bilateral work in Doha, the State of Qatar is despatching an official delegation led by an influential Qatari Minister to Colombo to move bilateral trade actions forward.

Qatari Minister of Economy and Commerce Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim bin Mohamed al-Thani will be leading his 20-man delegation to Colombo for the second Joint Committee Meeting between both countries that will commence on the morning of Monday October 30 in Colombo.

This is one of the largest ever Qatari delegations to arrive in Sri Lanka for bilateral trade talks.

Sri Lanka’s Minister of industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen shall lead the Sri Lankan team at the talks. The visiting Qatari members are from various Qatari state agencies, Chambers and Doha corporates (in power, food and banking).

Both sides shall discuss bilateral cooperation in trade, investment, tourism and economic development at the two-day in-depth sessions that will conclude on 31 October. A one to one meeting between the visiting Qatari Minister Al Thani and Sri Lankan Miniser Bathiudeen is also scheduled towards the end of two-day sessions.

A high level Sri Lankan delegation led by President Maithripala Sirisena and joined by Minister Bathiudeen concluded their Qatari visit on 26 October.

According to the Department of Commerce of Sri Lanka, Qatar is also an important employment market -Sri Lankans mostly employed in minor job categories.