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Deputy High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in Southern India Doraisamy Venkateshwaran visits Karnataka; seeks cooperation opportunities for Sri Lanka

In a bid to reaching out to the leadership of the States under his consular jurisdiction with a view to making official introductions and to seeking various cooperation opportunities for Sri Lanka, the newly appointed Deputy High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in Southern India Dr. Doraisamy Venkateshwaran visited the State of Karnataka last week and had a series of meetings with several State dignitaries at the highest political level.

Commencing his official engagements, the Deputy High Commissioner called on the Chief Minister of Karnataka Shri B.S. Yediyurappa at the latter’s office in Bengaluru on 16 June.

Chief Minister Yediyurappa, a senior member of the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party and the only person to become the Karnataka Chief Minister four times, warmly welcomed the new Deputy High Commissioner of Sri Lanka for Southern India. They exchanged views on a range of issues pertaining to the cooperation between the State of Karnataka and Sri Lanka, covering political, economic and cultural spheres. Dr. Venkateshwaran also invited the Chief Minister to visit Sri Lanka.

Later, they were joined by a group of representatives of the Karnataka Chamber of Commerce at the invitation of the Chief Minister to exchange views on the trade relations between Karnataka and Sri Lanka. The representatives of the Karnataka Chamber of Commerce undertook to visit the Deputy High Commission of Sri Lanka in Chennai to further discuss the ways and means of enhancing trade relations.

On the same day, Deputy High Commissioner Venkateshwaran also called on the Governor of the State of Karnataka Shri Vajubhai Vala at the Governor’s Office at Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru. The Deputy High Commissioner officially introduced himself to the Governor.

A politician with an illustrious career, Governor Vala had a long conversation with Deputy High Commissioner Venkateshwaran on the developments in Sri Lanka, and in particular on the Ramayana Trail. The Deputy High Commissioner spoke about the exchange of technologies relating to organic and sustainable industries between Karnataka and Sri Lanka.

The Governor of Karnataka expressed his desire to undertake a visit to Sri Lanka, and Deputy High Commissioner Venkateshwaran extended an invitation to Shri Vala to visit Sri Lanka at a mutually convenient time. The Governor also took the Sri Lankan envoy on a site visit of the historical Raj Bhavan building.

Later in the evening, Dr. Doraisamy Venkateshwaran paid an official courtesy call on the Leader of the Opposition of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly Shri Siddaramaiah at the latter’s official residence in Bengaluru. They exchanged views on science and technology, agriculture and animal husbandry sectors as Karnataka is strongest in them.

During the visit to the State of Karnataka, the Deputy High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in Southern India had meetings with MLA and former State Minister H. Halappa, Secretary to the Chief Minister Dr. S. Selvakumar and Additional Chief Secretary to the Government of Karnataka Dr. Rajkumar Khatri as well.

Situated in the south western region of India, the State of Karnataka is believed to be one of the most prosperous states in India. The economy of Karnataka is the fourth-largest of any Indian state and its capital Bengaluru is known as the Silicon Valley of Asia due to its flourishing Information Technology industry. A large number of Sri Lankan students are engaged in higher education at Karnataka universities in medical, arts and other disciplines.

 

Deputy High Commission of Sri Lanka

Chennai

 

23 June 2021

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Dr. Doraisamy Venkateshwaran assumed duties as the Deputy High Commissioner

Dr. Doraisamy Venkateshwaran who assumed duties on 12th April 2021 chaired his first staff meeting at 9.00 a.m. as the Deputy High Commissioner of the Mission.

I warmly welcome all members of the staff of the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai. I thank H.E. the President, Hon. Prime Minister, Hon. Foreign Minister and the Foreign Secretary for with much confidence on me, appointing me for this important post. Sri Lanka and South India are much connected through political, cultural, religious and economic links. Therefore, the role of the Deputy High Commissioner in Southern India is vital in strengthening Sri Lanka – India bilateral ties.

The Government of Sri Lanka has embarked on a mission in enhancing diplomatic ties between nations and expects actions from this Mission related to the following 5 areas:

  • Political Diplomacy
  • Economical Diplomacy
  • Consular Services
  • Cultural and Religious Relations
  • Science and Technology

Before my arrival in Chennai, I discussed prospective matters with senior politicians and government officials regarding bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and Southern India. We have to work as a team with commitment to achieve our goals. Therefore, I require all your support for the smooth functioning of the Mission.

We need to progress day by day and that is what the Government expects from us. It is important that I report on quarterly basis to the political hierarchy in Colombo regarding our progress.

I met Ven. Thiniyawala Palitha Thero and discussed regarding reopening of the Maha Bodhi Center in Chennai which is currently closed due to the pandemic to provide facilities to travelling pilgrims.

I commend the excellent performance of Mr. Kiritharan when he guided the Mission so well during tough times as the Head of Mission.

Therefore, lets work in unison as a team to perform the best for the betterment of our country and our people.

BNI- Coimbatore and Sri Lanka virtual Business Conclave

The Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai together with Business Network India, Coimbatore organized a virtual business conclave on 30th January 2021 with the aim of enhancing awareness of business opportunities available in Sri Lanka and India. Making the keynote speech at the meeting Mr. K. Kiritharan, Actg. Deputy High Commissioner highlighted the humongous trade and investment opportunities available in Sri Lanka and invited Indian entrepreneurs to explore the business opportunities available in Sri Lanka in heterogeneous sectors. Moreover, all the concerns raised by the participants were answered by Mr. Dilanga Hettiarachchi, Third Secretary (Commercial) of the Deputy High Commission.

More than 250 participants attended this virtual session.

Sri Lankan envoys to south India meet with industry professionals

Sri Lankan envoys to south India meet with industry professionals to seek business opportunities for bolstering the economy

Making a great initiative to start the New Year 2021, Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai organized a business interaction session with industry professionals who have been operating in legal, film and investment sectors in south India. The objective of the session was to make the professionals aware of business and investment opportunities available in Sri Lanka and promote Sri Lanka as a destination for shooting South Indian films.

Welcoming the professionals, Actg. Deputy High Commissioner, Mr. K. Kiritharan stressed the importance of doing business with Sri Lanka and cost advantages can be gained due to the exclusive proximity of Sri Lanka to the southern part of India.

Followed by his opening remarks, Mr. Dilanga Hettiarachchi, Third Secretary, Commercial of the Deputy High Commission made a comprehensive presentation on trade, investment & tourism opportunities available in Sri Lanka and highlighted the concessions available under Indo- Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement (ISFTA).

During the discussion, the Mission official requested them to visit Sri Lanka to explore the possibilities and opportunities available for making films. Accepting the request, Mr.B.E.Vijith, an emerging player in the Tamil film industry, stressed his intention to visit Sri Lanka with the group of film professionals comprising directors, producers and celebrities upon the resumption of the airports for commercial flights. Further he urged his interest to meet with Sri Lanka`s leading TV Channels` professionals, film producers and directors.

Moreover, Mr. K.K. Sivasshanmugam, Senior Advocate, expressed his interest to provide their consultation generously whenever the Mission requires legal assistance.

The Actg. Deputy High Commissioner agreed to facilitate their visit and enticed the participants to invest in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission- Chennai
06.01.2021