In 2011, Sri Lanka’s exports to Seychelles stood at $ 0.83 million while imports were at $ 1.64 million. Main products exported from Sri Lanka include tea and fishing vessels. We also believe that gems and jewellery, furniture, boats and plastic products have export potential in the Seychelles market.
In April, Foreign Minister of Seychelles Jean Paul Adams revealed to Minister Bathiudeen in Colombo that Sri Lanka has become the shipbuilding hub for Seychelles. He also informed that Seychelles is keen for joint holiday packages with Sri Lankan travel firms combining Seychelles beaches and Sri Lanka’s scenic tea hills for tourists exiting from Seychelles and the Dubai hub. Thereafter, in June, Waven William, High Commissioner of the Republic of Seychelles in Delhi accredited to Colombo revealed in Colombo that the Development Bank of Seychelles, the main financial institution in Seychelles with long term lending facilities in all areas of the Seychelles economy, is looking for banking partnership with Sri Lanka.
Minister Bathiudeen’s Department of Commerce has scheduled, a meeting tomorrow focusing on B2B and bilateral trade spheres.