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Bahrain buziness delegation visits Colombo

The leader of the Bahraini business delegation Mohammed Sajid presents a souvenir to Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen.
The leader of the Bahraini business delegation Mohammed Sajid presents a souvenir to Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen.

A seven-member business delegation from Baharain led by the Managing Director of Bahrain’s Al Jaberiya Group, Mohammed Sajid was in Colombo last week to explore business opportunities.

Sajid is also the Chairman of GCC Gold and Jewellery Association in Manama.

The delegation also paid a courtesy call on Minister of Industry and Commerce, Rishad Bathiudeen.

“Specific Sri Lankan industrial product lines such as organic food, beverages and specialty jewellery are of high quality and there is great potential for them in Manama and in the Bahraini markets,” Sajid told the Minister.

“Our main import from Sri Lanka is Ceylon Tea. However, when we arrived here we found a bigger array of special high-quality products beyond Tea,” said Sajid adding, “We are attracted by made in Sri Lanka organic food and beverages. There is great appeal for organic food and beverages in Bahrain. Specifically, organic coconut-based food products such as oil, milk and sugar.

“Such an organic range of coconut food products are hard to come by elsewhere in South Asia. I am myself a jewellery maker for international high profile buyers and Sri Lankan jewellery designers have grabbed my attention due to their high skills world class output.

“I am highly impressed by the single piece all diamond and no metal special ring designed by Colombo’s Devi Jewellers. We as Bahraini investors feel organic food, jewellery and tourism sectors offer viable investment opportunities for potential Bahraini investors and importers in Manama,” Sajid said.

The Island Kingdom of Bahrain, known as the Heart of Gulf, has strong and historic logistical connectivity in the region and is considered as the best gateway to the $1.5 trillion Gulf market.

Minister Bathiudeen welcomed Sajid’s interest to partner with Lankan industries and called for bigger trade volumes between both countries. “Our bilateral trade is below $30 million and has great potential to improve. My Ministry officials will extend their fullest cooperation to Bahraini importers and investors coming to Sri Lanka.” Members of the delegation also expressed interest in exploring Sri Lanka’s SME and micro sector. 

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