Ambassador Haidari and Minister Bathiudeen Discuss Bilateral Trade and Investment Opportunities
Colombo: - Ambassador M. Ashraf Haidari called on the Sri Lankan Minister of Industry and Commerce Rashid Bathiudeen on March 15, 2019. They reviewed the status of bilateral trade and investment, discussing numerous opportunities on both sides, which they agreed, must be ceased by investors of the two countries as soon as possible. The Ambassador briefed the Minister on his recent meetings with the Sri Lankan Chamber of Commerce officials, discussing ways to accelerate business-to-business interactions between the two countries.
Moreover, Ambassador Haidari submitted to Minister Bathiudeen a draft of a pending Agreement on Trade and Investment Promotion and Protection to be finalized and signed by the Minister and his Afghan counterpart Minister of Commerce and Industry Ajmal Ahmady. Once signed, the two sides will quickly be able to exchange trade delegations to meet in B-to-B meetings to explore each other's markets for investment opportunities.
They also discussed the importance of extending Afghanistan's air-corridors to Sri Lanka, exporting to the country Afghansitan's choice horticultural products, fresh and dried, as well as carpets and precious and semi-precious stones.
For additional information, read a recent interview by Ambassador Haidari with The Daily News on "Lanka Yet To Tap Huge Opportunities from Afghanistan." Also read a news report on "Kabul Calls to Revive Trade with Sri Lanka," detailing the discussion between the Ambassador and Minister Bathiudeen.