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FINANCIAL CHRONICLE™ » DAILY CHRONICLE™ » Sri Lanka's war torn image still hurting economic prospects: diplomat

Sri Lanka's war torn image still hurting economic prospects: diplomat

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Malika1990

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July 25, 2012 (LBO) - Sri Lanka needs to improve its image overseas and promote a stable macroeconomic environment to help build bilateral trade links and attract more foreign investors, a Dutch diplomat said.

Bas Van Noordenne, Netherland's deputy head of mission in Sri Lanka told a business forum that people still associate Sri Lanka with the separatist Tamil Tigers even after three years of ending the island's bloody civil war.
"Companies are still little bit hesitant to have direct trading contacts and investment opportunities in Sri Lanka," Noordenne said.

"It takes time to change the image of the country especially if you have known Sri Lanka only by the 30 year conflict and don’t know that it ended three years ago,"

"When I tell people in Netherlands that I work in Sri Lanka, the first thing they say are Tamil Tigers."

Noordenne was speaking at a Sri Lanka – Netherlands bilateral trade seminar organized by the National Chamber of Commerce.

Sri Lanka's military crushed Tamil Tiger separatists in May 2009 ending a three decade uprising in the island's north and east.
Ethnic tensions, three armed uprisings, terror attacks, deteriorating rule of law and human rights violations had dimmed Sri Lanka's growth prospects over the years.

Trade between Sri Lankan and the island's former colonial ruler, Netherlands amounted to 280 million US dollars in 2011 with Sri Lankan exports, mostly garments, tea, rubber and fish fetching 200 million dollars.

Dutch imports to Sri Lanka were mostly food and beverages, tobacco, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and machinery.

The Netherlands had also been among top five generating markets for tourism even during the conflict, though some other countries are growing faster.

Noordenne said Dutch investors were keen in investments and trade opportunities in horticulture, agro food production, water, vessel and dredging, energy, logistics and pharmaceuticals but the island's troubled image has kept them from seizing opportunities in Sri Lanka.

"It's important that Sri Lanka goes abroad and improve its image. This is not only in relation to the Netherlands, this also relates to other countries," Noordenne said.

"I was working in Columbia and the first thing people say is dangerous country, drugs and I'm not going there

"It took about five years to develop business interest in Columbia. I think it's the same here," he said."
http://www.lbo.lk/fullstory.php?nid=1742748794

Malika1990

Malika1990
Senior Vice President - Equity Analytics
Senior Vice President - Equity Analytics
War torn image still hurting economic prospects: diplomat
ද්විපාර්ශවික වෙළෙඳ සම්බන්ධතා ගොඩ නගමින් විදේශීය ආයෝජකයින් වැඩිපුර අද්දවා ගැනීමට නම් ලංකාව පිළිබඳව විදේශයන්හි තිබෙන ප්‍රතිරූපය වර්ධනය කර ස්ථාවර සාර්ව ආර්ථික පරිසරයක් ප්‍රවර්ධනය කළ යුතුබව නෙදර්ලන්ත තානාපති නිළධාරියෙකු කියයි.

කොළඹ පැවති ව්‍යාපාරික සමුළුවක් අමතමින් මෙරට නෙදර්ලන්ත තානාපති කාර්යාලයේ විදේශ ධූත මණ්ඩලයේ නියෝජ්‍ය ප්‍රධානී Bas Van Noordenne මේ බව පැවසූ අතර යුද්ධය අවසන් කර වසර තුනක් ගතවී තිබුණත් ලංකාව ගැන සඳහන් කරන විට නෙදර්ලන්ත ආයෝජකයින් කොටි සංවිධානය සම්බන්ධ කර සෘණාත්මක මතයක් පළ කරන බව කීය.

“ලංකාව සමග ආයෝජන අවස්ථාවන් හා සෘජු වෙළඳ සම්බන්ධතා ඇතිකර ගැනීම පිළිබඳව තවමත් නෙදර්ලන්ත සමාගම් සුළු චකිතයක් දක්වනවා.“

“රට පිළිබඳව තිබෙන ප්‍රතිරූපය වෙනස් වෙන්න කාලයක් ගතවේවි. මම වැඩ කරන්නෙ ලංකාවෙ කියල නෙදර්ලන්ත වැසියන්ට කියනකොට මුලින්ම ඔවුන් මතක් කරන්නෙ දෙමළ කොටි ගැන.“

යනුවෙන් හෙතෙම සඳහන් කළේය.

ශ්‍රී ලංකා ජාතික වාණිජ මණ්ඩලය විසින් සංවිධානය කළ ලංකාව හා නෙදර්ලන්තය අතර ද්විපාර්ශවික වෙළඳාම පිළිබඳව පැවති සමුළුවකදී හෙතෙම මෙම අදහස් පළ කළේය.

නෙදර්ලන්තයට ලංකාවෙන් ඇඟලුම්, තේ, රබර්, මාළු ඇතුළු භාණ්ඩ අපනයනය කරන අතර එරටින් ලංකාවට ආහාර පාන, දුම්කොළ නිෂ්පාදන, රසායනික ද්‍රව්‍ය, ඖෂධ හා යන්ත්‍ර සූත්‍ර ආනයනය කරයි.

කෙසේවෙතත්, දෙරට අතර විදේශ වෙළඳාමේදී ලංකාව පැත්තෙන් වෙළඳ අතිරික්තයක් තිබේ.

නෙදර්ලන්ත ආයෝජකයින් ලංකාවේ කෘෂි ආහාර නිෂ්පාදනය, ජලය, යාත්‍රා, කැණීම් කටයුතු, බලශක්තිය, ප්‍රවාහනය, ඖෂධ නිෂ්පාදනය යන අංශවල ආයෝජන අවස්ථාවන් සඳහා ගෙන්වා ගැනීමේ හැකියාවක් තිබුණත් මෙරට ප්‍රතිරූපය ඔවුන් පැමිණීමට බාධාවක් වී තිබෙන බව කීය.

“ලංකාව සිය ප්‍රතිරූපය විදේශ රටවල වර්ධනය කර ගැනීම වැදගත් දෙයක්. ඒක නෙදර්ලන්තය සමග පමණක් නෙවෙයි. අනිකුත් රටවල් සමගත් වැදගත්.“

යනුවෙන් Noordenne මහතා පැවසීය.

“මම කොලොම්බියාවෙ වැඩකළා. ඒ රට ගැන මුලින්ම මිනිස්සු කිව්වෙ, ඒක දරුණු රටක් කියල. කොලොම්බියාව ගැන ව්‍යාපාරික ආශාව වර්ධනය කරන්න මට වසර පහක් විතර ගියා. ලංකාව ගැන තත්ත්වයත් එහෙමමයි.“

යනුවෙන් හෙතෙම සඳහන් කළේය.
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