09/01/13 - Ceylon Today (Sri Lanka) - Cuba extends more business opportunities to SL
By Rishar Saleem
Charge d' affairs Embassy of Cuba in Sri Lanka Indira Lopez Arguelles invited the Sri Lankan business community to explore more business opportunities with Cuba and especially in areas of gas, packaging materials and energy where huge potential is pending to be explored. She also mentioned that relations between the two countries today are multifaceted covering trade, investment, education, science and technology.
She expressed these desires addressing the members of National Chamber of Commerce (NCC) at the evening meeting organized by NCC at the chamber's auditorium recently. The Head of Sri Lanka Cuban Parliamentary Friendship Group Senior Minister Tissa Withana too attended the gathering. The friendship between the two island nations dates back to 1959 and its golden jubilee was celebrated in 2009.
Charge d' affairs Indira speaking further elaborated that Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean and with a population of over 11 million and is renowned as a sugar producing country and also very famous for its Cuban cigars and calypso music. She stressed that at present Sri Lanka imports sugar, nickel, fish, citrus fruits, tobacco products, medicinal products and coffee from Cuba. Cuba imports from Sri Lanka, ceramicware, tea, coir, apparel and clothing, precious and semi precious stones and leather goods. She drew some parallels between the two countries and said, "Two countries being island nations have similarities in climate".
She claimed with passion that Cuba has escalated its market share of Caribbean tourism three fold during the last decade which she attributed to the significant investment in tourism infrastructure development. "The Medical tourism sector caters to thousands of European and Western countries" she said.
Useful information of how to strengthen bi-lateral trade further between the two nations was also discussed.
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