Indonesia notes importance of granting visa free entry to Lankans

PICS 2Indonesia says it is now offering visa free entry to Sri Lankans in a bid to help enhance commercial activities between the two countries.

“We will offer visa free entry to Sri Lankans visiting Indonesia and it will last for 30 days,’ Harimawan Suyitno, the Indonesian ambassador in Sri Lanka said.

He made this announcement, while speaking at the Sri Lanka – Indonesia Business Forum, held recently. The forum was jointly organized by the Indonesian High Commission in Sri Lanka and the Sri Lanka – Indonesia Business Council of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.

The event held in Colombo aimed at exploring trade and investment opportunities between the two nations and the main focus was on exploring possible cooperation in the areas of agribusiness.

Accordingly, a presentation on ‘Exploring the cooperation in agribusiness industry’ was conducted by Mrs. Rochmi Widjajanti, a senior official of the Ministry of Industry of the Republic of Indonesia.

Waruna Madawanaarachchi, Executive Director of the CIC Agri Business conducted a presentation on ‘The prospects of Agribusiness industry in Sri Lanka’.

The welcome address was delivered by Mr. Kalinga Wijesekera, Acting President, Sri Lanka-Indonesia Business Council of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.

The trade between Sri Lanka and Indonesia during the year 2015 totaled a sum of US$ 465 million, with the trade balance hugely favoring Indonesia accounting for a sum of US$ 400 million. Sri Lanka’s main exports to Indonesia are tobacco and apparel clothing, while Indonesia’s main exports to Sri Lanka are tobacco, salt, sulphur, paper items, minerals and cooking oil items etc. (Colombo Gazette)

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