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Build Venkateswara temple in Lanka, envoy urges CM

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PNS|Vijayawada

A Sri Lankan delegation comprising its Eastern Province Governor Senthil Thondaman and the Island nation’s Deputy High Commissioner in India Dr D. Venkateswaran called on Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy at the Camp Office here on Monday

They requested the Chief Minister to construct Sri Venkateswara Swamy temple in Sri Lanka who responded favourably. “Nearly 50 per cent of Sri Lankan tourists coming to India visit Tirumala and through them, we have learnt about the welfare programmes being implemented in AP,” they said.

The visit was as per the instructions of their President who heard about the welfare programmes and the development taking place in the State, they said. Sri Lanka is ready to work with AP in the sectors of agriculture, industries and tourism. They sought the cooperation of AP in the development of aqua fields in Sri Lanka.

The visiting delegation told him that Sri Lanka is gradually recovering after facing hurdles due to Covid 19 and imports. They invited investments in areas of minerals and tourism.

Biz opportunities in Lanka explained

Governor of the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka, Senthil Thondaman, and the Deputy High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in Southern India, Dr. Venkateshwaran, on Monday visited the office of the Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry Federation (AP Chambers) in Vijayawada.

During their visit, Senthil Thondaman and Dr. Venkateshwaran engaged in discussions with the office-bearers and members of AP Chambers. They shed light on the numerous business opportunities available in Sri Lanka for entrepreneurs from Andhra Pradesh. Recognizing the economic crisis in Sri Lanka, they emphasized the government’s focus on reducing imports and promoting exports from the country. Entrepreneurs from AP were encouraged to establish their operations in Sri Lanka, particularly in the food processing, aqua, tourism, and other sectors.

The Sri Lankan government assured full support, including the provision of leased land and expedited clearances, to facilitate businesses interested in establishing themselves in Sri Lanka.

They also highlighted several key commodities that could be produced in Sri Lanka and exported to countries such as Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, and Singapore without incurring any duties.

The office-bearers and members of AP Chambers had the opportunity to interact with the Governor of the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka and the Deputy High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in Southern India. They gained valuable insights into the range of business opportunities available in Sri Lanka.

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