NPO helps exporters to find markets
The Trade Facilitation Office of Canada (TFOC) a non profit
organisation in Canada supports exporters in third world countries to
find buyers and markets in Canada, said Chief Executive Officer Canada
Wide Migration and Settlement Inc, Nalaka Weerasinghe.
This is a great opportunity for SMEs in Sri Lanka. According to trade
statistics earlier Sri Lanka exported more goods to Canada compared to
Pakistan, India and Bangladesh, but today the trend has reversed. “We
can reach the earlier levels as the products from Sri Lanka are on par
with any product in the world,” said optimistic Weerasinghe.
He said that TFOC organises exhibitions in which Sri Lankans can
participate. When they organise exhibitions many people including buyers
and sellers as well as visitors come.
Website is www.tfocanada.ca He said rubber based products such as
medical gloves, handicraft, tea and jewellery have a very high demand in
Canada. Speaking of the government initiative to attract the Sri Lankan
diaspora to invest in the country he said that there should be an
attractive package then the target of Rs 500 mln is within reach.
Weerasinghe said that a delegation visiting a country and making
presentations will not help as they don’t have an idea of the potential
investors. Initially the country should find people with the right
contacts in each country and find out the people who have the money to
invest. This will help the country to reach the target in double quick
He said that there is a high demand for skilled jobs such as masons,
carpenters, electricians and plumbers who can speak and understand
English. He said that if children after the Advanced Level examination
follow a diploma in one of the above mentioned skills at a vocational
training institute together with a diploma in English it will pave the
way for a work visa in Canada.
He said that one year of experience is sufficient to apply for a
visa. After sometime they can apply for a permanent visa.
He said this will help solve the problem of unemployment and earn the
much needed foreign exchange to the country.
Weerasinghe who is also the treasurer of Canada-Sri Lanka Business
Council said business people who are looking for a market in Canada can
contact the council for any information regarding doing business in