EDB organizes E-trade Week to explore trade opportunities in Central and Eastern Europe for Apparel and Spices
The Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Embassy in Poland, Hony. Consul for Sri Lanka in Poland and the Chamber of Commerce in Warsaw, organized E- Trade Week Sri Lanka – Central Eastern Europe programme. This programme commenced with a webinar on “Trade opportunities between Sri Lanka and the Central and Eastern European Region” on 19th October. Subsequent to the webinar, virtual B2B meeting sessions commenced from 20th October, 2020. The programme mainly focused on the sectors of apparel and spices.
Zapraszamy na kolejne międzynarodowe spotkanie online z cyklu Biznes Bez Granic
E-TRADE WEEK SRI LANKA – POLAND 2020
19 – 23 październik 2020
Webinar & B2B meetings
E-Trade Week Sri Lanka – Poland daje możliwość indywidualnych, bezkosztowych spotkań z producentami najwyższej jakości produktów ze Sri Lanki.
Spotkania online B2B organizowane są pod patronatem JE Cahm Wijeratne, Ambasadora Republiki Sri Lanki, pana Jacka Czauderny, Konsula Honorowego Sri Lanki oraz Urzędu Marszałkowskiego Województwa Pomorskiego.
Inicjatorem Trade Week Sri Lanka – Poland są pan Jacek Czauderna Konsul Honorowy Republiki Sri Lanki, we współpracy z Warszawską Izbą Gospodarczą.
Sri Lanka at your fingertips – next online meetings from the Business Without Borders series
19 – 23 October 2020
Webinar & B2B meetings
E-Trade Week Sri Lanka – Poland offers the possibility of individual, cost-free meetings with producers of the highest quality from Sri Lanka.
Online B2B meetings are organized under the patronage of H.E. CAHM Wijeratne, Ambassador of Sri Lanka, Mr. Jacek Czauderna, Honorary Consul for Sri Lanka, and the Marshal’s Office of the Pomeranian Voivodeship.
The initiator of the Sri Lanka-Poland trade week is Mr. Jacek Czaudena, Honorary Consul for Sri Lanka, in cooperation with the Warsaw Chamber of Commerce.
The Ambassador of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka – HE Chandrasekara Atapattu Herath Mudiyanselage Wijeratne was today a guest of the Pomeranian Voivode Dariusz Drelich. It was the first visit of the ambassador to Pomerania.
The ambassador was accompanied by Jacek Czauderna, honorary consul. Letters of credentials to the President of the Republic of Poland – the Ambassador of Sri Lanka presented in January last year. The ambassador is a lawyer by profession, function of Sri Lanka’s ambassador to Kuwait.
Sri Lanka – A country in South Asia, with its capital in Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte and a population of over 20 million. Sri Lanka is famous for its rich fauna and is often visited by tourists.
The Honorary Consulate of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka was inaugurated on 11th September 2020 in Gdansk. The only one in Northern Poland.
Gdansk is a dynamically developing commercial city located in the Northern region of Pomerania, Poland. It is Poland’s principal seaport and one of the country’s largest metropolitan areas. The city is home to many prominent businesses and universities and the establishment of the Consulate will open a window of opportunity for strengthening economic, educational and cultural cooperation between both countries.
Mr. Jacek Czauderna, a well renowned businessman, was appointed as the Honorary Consul, by Hon. Dinesh Gunawardena, Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka and received approval from the Government of Poland to occupy the position of Honorary Consul of Sri Lanka for domiciles in the City of Gdansk with working areas of the entire region of Pomerania as well as neighboring provinces.
The inauguration procession was led by the Sri Lankan Ambassador to Poland Mr. CAHM Wijeratne, with the composition of the programme; playing National Anthems of both countries, handing over appointment letters, Exequatur, delivering greetings and welcoming.
In his remarks, the Sri Lanka Ambassador said that Sri Lanka and Poland had entered into a new stage in bilateral cooperation. Through the opening of a new Consulate in Gdansk the Government of Sri Lanka has taken due cognizance of the growing and mutually beneficial relations between Sri Lanka and Poland particularly with the Pomerania region. Mr. Jacek Czauderna is considered the right person to carry out this position because of his background as an entrepreneur and as he has an extensive network in Poland. The Ambassador of Sri Lanka welcomed the Deputy Director of the Asia Pacific, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland who represented the Polish Government at the event.
Around 100 invited guests attended the inauguration ceremony and reception including the Marshal of the Pomorskie Province, representatives of the Governor’s office, the Office of the Mayor of Gdansk, the Polish Foreign Ministry, businessmen, academics and journalists. The inauguration was followed by entering the office building, marking the official opening of the new Honorary Consul office in Gdansk, Poland.
Special Notice for all Sri Lankans staying in Poland, Romania and Bulgaria
It has been noticed that some individuals have been travelling to Male, Maldives on commercial flights from destinations in the Middle East and Europe, especially Central Europe, and have gotten stranded in Male due to lack of approval from the Presidential Secretariat Task Force (PSTF) to proceed to Sri Lanka.
Therefore, please refrain from seeking return to Sri Lanka via Male, Maldives, without prior PSTF approval.
It will allow to tighten business contacts and economic cooperation, enable student exchanges and advertise Gdańsk in South Asia – these are, in short, the tasks of the Sri Lankan Honorary Consulate. The newly opened facility is currently the only one of its kind actively operating in Poland. It is located on the Granary Island, at ul. Chmielna 26. The official inauguration of the consulate’s activities took place on Friday, September 11th.
Honorary Consul Jacek Czauderna and Ambassador of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka – H E Chandrasekara Atapattu Herath Mudiyanselage Wijeratne
The Foreign Ministry in collaboration with Sri Lankan Airlines are pleased to announce that Sri Lankan Airlines will operate a special repatriation flights from Paris and Milan on 03rd September (reaching Sri Lankan / Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport on 04th September)
From Paris (Charles de Gaulle Airport)
Flight Number: UL564
Departure time: 2220hrs/03 Sep
From Milan (Malpensa Airport)
Flight Number: UL1208
Departure time: 2200hrs/03 Sep
The flight and the accommodation package is organized by Sri Lankan Holidays and would include a one-way Economy Class ticket from Paris/Milan to Sri Lanka and 14th night accommodation at a 3 star or above hotel on full Board basis.
Total package (Ticket + Accommodation + PCR Tests)
Single passenger/Single Room – Euro 2000-2500 per Passenger
Two Persons/sharing a double room – Euro 1700-2200 per Passenger
Those who wish to be repatriated on the above flights please send the following details to the e-mail addresses specified below for the purpose of registration before 2.00 PM on Tuesday, 01st of September 2020.
General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University has initiated action to enroll Foreign Students and Students with Foreign Qualifications from other countries and from the expatriate Sri Lankan Community to follow undergraduate programmes at the KDU for the academic year 2020/2021.
Deatils of the abailable programmes are include in the annexed brochure and university website on www.kdu.ac.lk
Application of the prospective candidates are to be forwaded to Deputy Registrar, General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Ratmalana, 10390, Sri Lanka on or before 31st October, 2020.
Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena assumed duties at the Foreign Ministry on Monday 17 August 2020.
Minister Gunawardena was received by Foreign Secretary Admiral Prof. Jayanath Colombage and other senior officials upon his arrival at the Ministry. Following multi-religious observances, the Minister officially assumed duties.
Later, addressing the staff, the Foreign Minister remarked that the Government is ready to rise up to the new challenges with the mandate given by the people of Sri Lanka. The Minister stressed that with a strong government in office and its non-aligned and friendly foreign policy, it is envisioned to bring about a number of key changes beneficial to the country. He also called upon the Sri Lankans overseas to join hands with the government in this endeavour.
Outlining the Government’s efforts to address issues arising in the post-Covid-19 era, the Minister highlighted that Sri Lanka is geared to achieve its economic goals within the upcoming years. In this context, the Minister stated that the Department of Commerce has also been brought under the purview of the Foreign Ministry with a view to enhancing the exports, investments and entrepreneurship of Sri Lankans.
Welcoming the Minister, Foreign Secretary Admiral Prof. Colombage highlighted the successful role played by the Foreign Ministry towards curbing and containing the spread of Covid-19 in Sri Lanka. Speaking on the three pillars of the President’s vision: National Security, Economic Development and Foreign Relations, Secretary Colombage expressed confidence that the newly appointed Foreign Minister’s vision will definitely contribute to positively projecting Sri Lanka, internationally.
The Minister pledged his fullest support to strengthen the role played by the Foreign Service and the Foreign Ministry and thereby to fulfil the foreign policy objectives of the newly appointed government.
Admiral Prof. Jayanath Colombage (PhD) assumed duties as the Secretary to the Foreign Ministry today (14 August) following the appointment to the position by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
The new Foreign Secretary Admiral Colombage was warmly received by the senior officials of the Foreign Ministry this morning, upon arrival at the Ministry.
Admiral Colombage was previously Additional Secretary to H.E the President for Foreign Relations since December 2019. In addition, he is presently serving as the Director General of the Institute of National Security Studies Sri Lanka.
Admiral Colombage has served the Sri Lanka Navy for a period of 36 years and retired as the Commander of the Navy on 01 July 2014. He is the 18th Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy and was decorated for gallantry and commended for exceptional service to the Navy.
Upon retirement from the Navy, Admiral Colombage served as the Director for Indo-Sri Lanka Initiatives and Law of the Sea Centers at the Pathfinder Foundation, which is a premier think-tank and research centre, based in Colombo. He has represented the Pathfinder Foundation and Sri Lanka in many bi-lateral, regional and international fora, presenting papers, participating in panel discussions and chairing sessions on international politics, strategic and maritime security related fields.
Admiral Colombage has been a guest lecturer in universities and training institutes in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, China, India, Japan and Pakistan. He has also been an editor and reviewer of a number of internationally renowned academic journals.
Foreign Secretary Admiral Colombage holds a PhD from General Sir John Kotalawela University, Master of Science in Defence and Strategic Studies from Madras University and Master of Arts in International Studies from Kings College, London. His PhD thesis “Asymmetric Warfare at Sea; the case of Sri Lanka” has been published by Lambert Academic Publishing in Germany. He is also a fellow of Nautical Institute of London.