Northern Ireland trade delegation arrives in Lanka
The first trade delegation from Northern Ireland arrived in Sri Lanka
on Monday for a two-day visit. The 13 companies and representatives from
the two universities met government officials, local business community
and Chambers of Commerce.
British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, John Rankin, hosted the
delegation at his residence on the same day along with key
representatives of the Sri Lankan business community. The High
Commissioner welcoming the delegation said, “Sri Lanka has historical
and personal ties with the UK.
Our relationship remains strong and the arrival of the very first
trade delegation from Northern Ireland to Sri Lanka is testament to the
strengthening of this bond. I believe this delegation could not have
come at a better time. The end of terrorism has provided a boost to all
business sectors and I believe that Northern Ireland and Sri Lanka have
a lot in common, including shared experiences.
This visit to Sri Lankan market may be the first for many of the
Northern Ireland delegates here this evening, but I’m sure it won’t be
the last. As I have discovered already, Sri Lanka is a great place to
The UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), the commercial arm of the British
High Commission, works to increase bilateral trade between the two
The UK is Sri Lanka’s second largest trade partner by volume, after
India and the second largest FDI contributor after China.