A high level business delegation headed by the Premier of Tasmania, Will Hodgman and Matthew Groom, Tasmanian Minister for State Growth, Energy, Environment, Parks and Heritage visited Sri Lanka from 8th to 10th of September 2016.The first of its kind, Tasmanian government led delegation included senior government and business leaders from the Tasmanian tertiary education and vocational training sector, the renewable energy industry, maritime and advanced manufacturing industries, and tourism and hospitality experts. This delegation is part of the Tasmanian Government Trade Mission to the Subcontinent where they visited New Delhi, Mumbai and Thiruvanthapuram in India.
To build stronger commerce links and explore these opportunities, Tasmanian and Sri Lankan business leaders got together for a unique chance to exchange ideas and explore opportunities at a dedicated business growth event run by the Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand Business Council (SLANZBC). This presented a not-to-be missed opportunity to build strong foundations for ongoing partnerships between Tasmania and Sri Lanka.
At the event, Chairman of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, Samantha Ranatunga addressed the gathering along with President of SLANZBC, Manjula Lanerolle who provided a brief overview of SLANZBC.
Besides being a world-class international education and tourism destination, a preferred producer of safe and premium food and a desired destination for migration and investment, Tasmania is a world leading source of expertise in agribusiness, aquaculture, energy, high-value manufacturing and services.
As an island with an area of around 68,000 square kilometers as compared to Sri Lanka’s 65,000 square kilometres, Tasmania shares Sri Lanka’s strong connections to the sea.
Tasmania’s exports to Sri Lanka were worth AS$ 35.7 million in 2015 led overwhelmingly by milk and cream commodities. Although Tasmania and Sri Lanka currently have modest and narrow merchandise trading relationship, Sri Lanka is Tasmania’s 14th largest merchandise export market, ahead of the UK, Canada and Germany