Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe paid an official visit to New Zealand (NZ) from 1-3 October 2016. In a joint statement issued by both countries following the visit, the two Prime Ministers underscored the desire to further strengthen the bilateral commercial and trade ties, including investment promotion between the two countries. The two leaders noted the potential for trading in quality products such as Sri Lankan tea and cinnamon and New Zealand dairy products.

During the visit, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe also met the Sri Lankan and NZ business community and invited them to make use of the investment opportunities in Sri Lanka.

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