VGP – Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesingh and his spouse began their official visit to Viet Nam from April 16-19 at the invitation of Vietnamese PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc.
Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesingh (L) and Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesingh at the 47th World Economic Forum In Davos
The Sri Lankan PM was accompanied by Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Mahinda Amaraweera, Minister of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure Harin Fernando, Minister of National Co-existence, Dialogue and Official Languages Mano Ganeshan, Mr. Ranjith Aluwihare, a member of the Sri Lankan Muslim Congress.
Via the visit, PM Ranil Wickremesingh hoped to boost bilateral cooperation in fields of Sri Lanka’s interest, such as trade, investment, telecommunications, aquaculture and seafood processing, machinery manufacturing and construction materials.
The two sides will also take the occasion to discuss international and regional issues of mutual concern.
The two countries formed diplomatic relations in 1970.
The Sri Lankan Embassy was opened in Ha Noi in 2003, while Viet Nam reopened its embassy in Colombo in 2011.
The two-way trade turnover fetched US$ 325.6 million in 2016 and yearly expanded 34% in the 2010-2016 period.
As of January, 2017, Sri Lanka had 15 FDI valid projects in Viet Nam with a total registered capital of US$ 76.84 million. Sri Lanka’s investment was on such areas as garments and textiles, rubber, electronics, agricultural and food processing, precious stones, and jewelries. Meanwhile, Viet Nam chiefly invested in telecom, agricultural machines, aquatic cultivation and processing, gas and petrol exploitation, plastic production, and building materials./.
By Kim Anh