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Czech companies are back to Sri Lanka

Date: 02 May 2016 - 05 May 2016, Venue: Colombo, Sri Lanka

In the first week of May a delegation of Czech business led by H.E. Milan Hovorka, Czech Ambassador to Sri Lanka, visited Colombo with the goal to introduce the most significant Czech companies active in the fields of transportation and energy to their Sri Lankan counterparts and help to strengthen business connection between the two countries in order to both balance mutual trade and assess new commercial opportunities on the local market. Representatives of five participating companies had a great chance to interact with Sri Lankan state authorities and discuss particular projects of their interest.

Representatives of companies Vitkovice Power India Pvt. Ltd., Doosan Skoda Power Pvt. Ltd., FANS Inc., ELDIS Inc., Technoexport Inc. Export and Czechoslovak spol. s.r.o. had the opportunity to accompany H.E. Milan Hovorka for talks with Sri Lankan ministers of transport, civil aviation, energy, foreign affairs, irrigation, plantation industries and sustainable development and wildlife and presented their specific business objectives.

The delegation also met for an interactive meeting with the Sri Lankan Board of Investment and attended a business forum organized by the National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka. Both events offered excellent opportunity for B2B meetings with Sri Lankan partners.

Business mission was part of the Czech Republic's interest to further enhance business and political relations with Sri Lanka and represents Czech effort to support the process of democratization, national reconciliation and renewed dialogue between Sri Lanka and the international community. All meetings held between the Czech and Sri Lankan side confirmed that the Czech Republic still has very good reputation in Sri Lanka, it is perceived as an industrialized country that in the past repeatedly helped to implement a number of projects and that there is a tireless interest to increase mutual economic cooperation.

"The Czech Embassy put together a very well-targeted business mission that managed to connect the business on both sides not only for much needed exchange of information but also to assess future position of Czech industry in Sri Lanka", reviewed achievements of the business delegation ambassador Hovorka.

According to the Czech Ambassador, Sri Lanka has been going through significant period of change, which brings a wide range of opportunities for the country itself but also for its foreign partners. "In this regard the Czech Republic does not want to stay behind the current engagement of the international community. Sri Lanka has many things to offer and this business mission, however, was only the first step to strengthen bilateral ties and find new ways of cooperation both on the business and intergovernmental level. I believe that very soon we will have another opportunity to push relations between the two countries forward, "concluded Ambassador M. Hovorka

Business delegation of companies operating in the field of energy and transport was carried out with financial support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic's program to promote the economic interests abroad.