Yunnan Province of China keen to enhance economic ties with Sri Lanka – Yunnan Chamber delegation

High level delegation headed by Yunnan Provincial Federation of Industry & Commerce Chairman Gao Feng, who is also CPPCC Vice Chairman held discussion with Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena on follow up plans on trade and investment proposals emanated during the Prime Minister’s visit to Yunnan two months ago at the Temple Trees on October 20.

“There are many similarities between Sri Lanka and Yunnan and we are keen to establish close cooperation with Sri Lanka, a very special friend of China,” Gao Feng said.

During the meeting, the high-level delegation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry and leading entrepreneurs of Yunnan held a detailed discussion on how to enhance trade and investment between Yunnan and Sri Lanka. Yunnan’s keenness to have closer relations became evident from the visit of the Chamber head Gao Feng who, as CPPCC Vice Chairman, is responsible for all economic and trade and investment affairs concerning Yunnan. During the discussions trade, tourism, agriculture, technology and investments in solar and wind power were identified as potential areas for collaboration.

The Prime Minister said Sri Lanka looks forward to China’s support for Sri Lanka’s development plans. He said that the visit of the delegation will be useful to take forward the agreements reached during his visit to Yunnan in August. Prime Minister visited Yunnan Academy of Agriculture Sciences, Kunming International Flower Trade Center and Auction, Yunnan Solar Power Station, Gushen Village Experimental Paddy Field, Errhai Ecological Corridor, Xiaguan Tuocha Tea Experimental Center and Three- Pagoda Chongsheng Temple in Dali in Yunnan Province. It was decided to cooperate in tea, paddy, and other crops, gem and jewelry and tourism.

Chinese delegation included heads of Chambers, top officials and leading entrepreneurs of Yunnan. State Ministers Janaka Wakkumbura, Piyal Nishantha, Chamara Sampath Dissamayake, MPs Sudarshana Denipitiya, W D Weerasinghe, Yadamini Gunawardena, Secretary to the Prime Minister, Anura Dissamayake, Ministry Secretaries, CEOs of Cambers and senior officials were present during the discussion.

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