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Sri Lankan Embassy in Qatar in association with Sri Lanka Coordinating Committee organized a Cultural Programme on 16th February 2018 at Qatar National Convention Centre, Doha to mark Sri Lanka’s 70th Anniversary of Independence. At this event, on behalf of the Sri Lankan Government, Mr. A.S.P. Liyanage, HE the Sri Lankan Ambassador to Qatar presented “Award of Excellence” to Dr. R. Seetharaman, Doha Bank CEO in recognition of his services.  The Award was given for the support extended by Dr. R. Seetharaman for promoting bilateral trade and investment relationships between Qatar and Srilanka. Doha Bank has been extending credit lines to SriLankan banks. Doha Bank has received in-principle approval for opening representative office in Colombo, Srilanka and shall commence its operations soon.

On receiving the award Dr. R. Seetharaman who was also the Guest of Honour stated “IMF expects Sri Lanka to report GDP growth of 4.8% in 2018.  Diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and Qatar persists since 1976. In recent times Sri Lanka’s imports from Qatar have primarily been polymers of ethylene, Sri Lanka’s exports to Qatar were mainly bananas followed by food preparations, tea, and vegetables. Sri Lanka can support Qatar in food. Qatar can continue to support Srilanka in polymers.Sri Lanka is keen on seeking Qatari investment in tourism, power and health sectors. Sri Lanka has enjoyed close ties with Qatar, with over 120,000 Sri Lankans making up for close to 2.7mn population of Qatar.”

The event also witnessed cultural performances from the SriLankan community in Qatar.




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