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Archives October 2021

Sri Lanka Felicitates at Innovative International Film Festival, Bangalore – 2021

Exploring opportunities for strengthening its film industry in the international arena, Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai together with Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, first-ever time organized a Sri Lankan film professionals` delegation at the 4th Edition of the Innovative International Film Festival (IIFF) which was held at JW Marriot Hotel & Innovative Multiplex theater in Bangalore from 14th to 17th October 2021.

IIFF is one of the biggest and prestigious international film festivals in South India which is organized by the Innovative Film Academy in Bangalore for years which means to promote the film art and cultures of participating countries, creating a networking platform for the international film industry with co-production opportunities in different countries.

Commencing the Sri Lankan session at the event on 16th, Dr. Venkateshwaran, the Deputy High Commissioner, given the impetus to the distinguished gathering, highlighted why Sri Lanka should be selected as their favorite film destination country. Followed by his remarks, the five-member Sri Lankan delegation, including Chaminda Munasinghe, Assistant Director, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, Shyaman Premasundara, Film Director, Frames TV & Films, Yasas Rathnayake, Managing Director, Circle 360, Priyanga Kumarasiri, Producer, Crew for Shoots and Chathra Dias Weeraman, Film Director, made a comprehensive presentation elaborating the history of shooting international films in Sri Lanka, Island`s scenery destinations, availability of sophisticated infrastructure facilities and concessions/sops given for the international filmmakers.

Moving to the networking session, Mr. Sarvana Prasad, Founder, and Ms. Upasana Mittal, Creative Director of Innovative Film Academy introduced the Sri Lankan delegation to the conversant cine & entertainment industry professionals who had attended the session and worthwhile discussions were taken place alluring more opportunities to Sri Lanka. Joining the Sri Lankan session Mr. Allu Aravind an eminent & illustrious film producer in Telugu cinema had a cordial interaction and upon the Deputy High Commissioner`s invitation to visit Sri Lanka, he expressed his desire to explore Sri Lanka for his upcoming creations.

The four-day festival concluded with a fascinated closing ceremony with the participation of diplomats, government officials, industry professionals, and participant countries` representations. During the Ceremony, the newest Sinhala Movie called “ AYU” which was directed by Chathra Dias Weeraman was awarded as the Best Asian film. IIFF`s 4th Edition was turned out by leading filmmakers, celebrities, directors, producers, film associations & diplomats from 30 heterogeneous countries, and 75 international movies from participant countries were screened in 45 languages. The Sri Lankan delegation was coordinated and arranged by Dilanga Hettiarachchi, Third Secretary (Commercial) of the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission, and Chaminda Munasinghe, Assistant Director, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau.

Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission, Chennai

Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission celebrated “Ayudha Pooja”

Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission celebrated Ayudha Pooja today at the Mission premises. Divine blessings over the Mission and its staff were beseeched during this event.

Procurement Notices -Sri Lankan Airlines


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Supply and Delivery of 01 Aircraft Towing Tractor -TowBarless (TBL) for use within Bandaranaike International Airport.

Bid closing date: 25 October 2021 at 1400hrs (Sri Lanka Time GMT+5:30 Time Zone)

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Sri Lanka encourages South Indian weavers to invest in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai in collaboration with Tamilnadu Powerlooms Federation organized a trade and investment delegation at the Mission premises on 06th October 2021.

The objective of the meeting was to make the fabric manufacturers aware of the trade and investment opportunities available in Sri Lanka and business conducive environment for the apparel sector players. Making his remarks the Deputy High Commissioner, D. Venkateshwaran stressed that India is Sri Lanka`s closest neighbor and 2nd largest trading partner; tremendous trade and investment opportunities are available in Sri Lanka which are mutually beneficial to both countries. Further, he added, international traders in both countries can indulge the benefits of enhanced trade as a result of lower transportation cost and low shipping duration due to exclusive proximity of Sri Lanka to India, duty concessions being given under the Indo Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement (ISFTA) & preferential trade Pacts (SAFTA & APTA) and substantial sops and concessions being furnished by the Board of Investment, Sri Lanka (BOI).

Mr. Mathivanan, President of the Tamilnadu Powerloom Federation emphasized the importance of doing business in Sri Lanka due to the ultimate facilities being provided and its high quality production processes. Adding more to his remarks he expressed their interest to explore more opportunities in Sri Lanka for South Indian apparel manufacturers and establishing a textile & management institution in Sri Lanka which would provide technical know-how and expertise knowledge about contemporary textile industry.

During the open interaction session, the Sri Lankan envoy was raised queries regarding the forming of joint ventures, business collaborations and other facilities given to the international investors. While successfully addressing these questions, the Deputy High Commissioner invited the delegation to pay an official visit to Sri Lanka to explore the investment opportunities in Eravur fabric processing park and experience the humongous facilities given to apparel manufacturers.

Concluding the meeting D. Venkateshwaran, commended the keen interest shown by the delegates to doing business in Sri Lanka and given the impulse to submit individual proposals upon their area of interests. Further, he proposed forming the Tamilnadu-Sri Lanka Powerloom Federation soon which would bolster the fabric industry in both countries

Health Protocols issued by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority

Health Protocols issued by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority for travellers arriving to Sri Lanka who are   fully vaccinatedCovid 19 recovered and  not vaccinated Or not fully vaccinated

Tourist Route – 30 Sep – Fully Vaccinated Travellers

Tourist Route – 30 Sep – Not Vaccinated Not-fully Vaccinated Travellers

Tourist Route – 30 Sep – COVID-19 Recovered Travellers