Romania propose to modernise railway compartments
Romania is awaiting a response from the Government to develop the old
railway compartments in Sri Lanka said Ambassador and Charge d'Affairs
of the Romanian Embassy in Sri Lanka, Dr. Victor Chiudjea.
He was speaking at a seminar on bilateral trade between Sri Lanka and
Romania organised by the National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka
(NCCSL) on Wednesday.
Dr. Chiudjea said that Romania had made three proposals to modernise
railway compartments which will be a boost to railway transportation in
A Romanian company is keen to support Sri Lanka in implementing the
He said that the proposal was made last year but to date there has
been no response from Sri Lanka.
"Romania offers enormous opportunities for Sri Lankan products which
exporters should explore. There will be a good market for Sri Lankan tea
in Romania which is fast becoming a tea consuming country. Coffee has
been the preferred beverage among Romanians", Dr. Chiudjea said.
Trade between Sri Lanka and Romania has been low and confined to a
few export items from both countries. Sri Lankan exports to Romania in
2010 was Rs.2.3 m and last year it was Rs. 4.10 m.
Imports from Romania in 2010 was Rs. 4.16 m and in 2011 it was Rs.
"Machine-building industries, tourism, energy, wines, gems and
development of road infrastructure are potential areas of cooperation
and investment between Sri Lanka and Romania", the Ambassador said.
He said that Sri Lanka provides an ideal destination for Romanian
tourists and added that steps should be taken to promote tourism between
Though Eastern Europe is a traditional tourist market for Sri Lanka
while visitors from Romania have been less.
"There are bilateral agreements signed between Sri Lanka and Romania.
Romania is a good market for Sri Lankan solar panels",the Ambassador
Sri Lanka has maintained cordial relations with Romania since
1957.The Romanian embassy in Colombo was opened in 1976. Sri Lankan
exports comprising electrical equipment and parts for these, rubber and
rubber products, animal or vegetable fats and oils and their products,
apparel and clothing accessories- knitted or crocheted, inorganic
chemicals, prepared animal fodder, palm oil and its substitutes, paper
board articles, paper pulp, fish, articles of iron and steel are
exported to Romania while articles of iron and steel, apparel, specially
woven or tufted fabric, lace, stranded wire, robes, cables, inorganic
chemicals, precious metal compounds, refrigerators, freezers, electric
equipment, coffee, tea, mace and spices are imported from Romania.