Colombo, September 11 (newsin.asia): The Sri Lankan Minister of Industry & Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen and the High Commissioner of India Taranjit Singh Sandhu jointly inaugurated the LANKAPAK 2019 being held at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference here on Wednesday. The State Minister of Industry & Commerce, Buddhika Pathirana was also present.
Around 40 Indian companies are participating in the Exhibition, supported by PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry of India.
Anuradha Jayasinghe, President, Sri Lanka Institute of Packaging, Rohan Victoria, President, Asia Packaging Federation, Imran Hassan, MD, CDC Events (Pvt Ltd) and Rakesh Sarangi, Secretary, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry of India and others also attended the inaugural event. Around 40 Indian companies are participating in the Exhibition, supported by PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry of India.
Hon. Rishad Bathiudeen highlighted the importance of printing and packaging in international branding. He encouraged industries to use innovative methods of packaging, especially for food and beverages. He also spoke about the need for adoption of environment-friendly technology in the packaging industry. He urged for greater collaboration amongst SMEs in various countries to strengthen value chains.
The Indian High Commissioner expressed his happiness over the large-scale participation of Indian companies in the recent Exhibitions in Sri Lanka, noting that it was not just about ‘proximity’, but also about ‘closeness’.
Highlighting the importance of safe, hygienic and attractive packaging, he noted that there was also a need to be mindful of the implications it has, for our environmental sustainability. The High Commissioner cited Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent call to put an end to single-use plastic in the coming years, and suggested that paper, cloth and other alternative material need to be looked at as viable options.
The Exhibition ends on 13 September 2019.
(The featured image at the top shows Depuy Minister of Commerce, Buddhika Pathirana, Minister Rishad Bathiudeen and Indian envoy Taranjit Singh Sandhi at the inauguration of LANKAPACK 2019)