Events have been planned for this year to further promote Sino-Lanka ties says Sri Lankan association
President of the Association for Sri Lanka-China Social and Cultural Cooperation Indrananda Abeysekera has reportedly said that several events have been planned for this year to further promote Sino-Lanka ties and spread further awareness on China’s Belt and Road Initiative in Sri Lanka.
Abeysekera has told the Chinese Xinhua news agency that his Association, along with several friendship associations in China, has been planning many events this year including a South Asian Forum and a Sri Lanka-China women entrepreneurs forum, which will be the first of its kind to be held in both countries.
These events aim to spread awareness on the cultural heritage of both Sri Lanka and China and bring the peoples of the two countries even closer, Abeysekera has said.
The Association for Sri Lanka-China Social and Cultural Cooperation is one of the four friendship associations recognized by the Chinese Embassy to Sri Lanka.
“Last year marked the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and China, our Association organized more than 100 forums in Sri Lanka and China,” Abeysekera has said.
“Our main aim is to make the Sri Lankan people aware of China and the Chinese people aware of Sri Lanka. So we have organized many photo exhibitions, art and craft exhibitions, a professional lawyer’s forum and many other events,” he has added.
The association which initially only consisted of 14 members, has now over 400 registered members from universities, schools etc.
The further strengthening of Sino-Lanka ties would have a cascading effect on the investment and trade relationship between the two countries. Hence, local and foreign entrepreneurs could look at business opportunities through partnerships in Sri Lanka as well as China.
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