Colombo, March 8 (NIA) – Sri Lanka on Wednesday said German Chambers would soon open an office in capital Colombo soon to strenghten economic relations between Germany and Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministry said that during a recent discussion between Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Germany, Karunatilaka Amunugama, the Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce in Bremen, Harald Emigholz and the Director General of Indo-German Chamber of Commerce, Bernhard Steinruecke, it was discussed that 136 Bremen-based companies had already invested in India, and the business community in the Chamber had a long history in their trade relations with Asia.
Bernhard also informed that these German Chambers were looking forward to opening a branch office in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo soon.
Bremen is one of the smallest, but economically strong Federal States in Germany and is considered as one of the main entry points to the European market. Bremen’s city ports are specialized on handling conventional break bulk and heavy lift cargo. Numerous logistics centers are based in Bremen, together with Germany’s leading freight village.
During the interactions, Amunugama pointed out that the volume of trade between Germany and Sri Lanka had increased substantially during the past few years and requested the members of the German Chambers to gear up for the upcoming possibilities in importing more products from Sri Lanka under the lifting of the ban on tuna exports to Europe and also through the provisions regained under GSP Plus facilities.
Amunugama also explained the Sri Lankan government’s vision to develop Sri Lanka as a logistic hub and a service point to South, East Asia and to the Middle East.