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DHC meets Mr. Arindam Bagchi, Official Spokesperson and Joint Secretary [XP] of Ministry of External Affairs

Dr. D. Venkateshwaran, the Deputy High Commissioner, paid a visit to New Delhi from 29th March to 1st April, and met several Government officials and Business delegates. In this visit, Deputy High Commissioner met Mr. Arindam Bagchi, Official Spokesperson and Joint Secretary [XP] of Ministry of External Affairs at the Spokesperson’s Office, MEA and discussions were focused on the cordial bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and India

Special Consular Camp 29.03.2022

Deputy High Commission of Sri Lanka in Chennai had organized a Special Consular Camp in the Chancery Premises on 29.03.2022. 157 Citizenship Certificates and 09 Birth Certificates were issued for Sri Lankans living in Aliyanilai in Pudukkottai District, Kottapattu & Valavandhankottai in Trichy District. Further, the Mission issued 34 RRP Passports for Sri Lankan expats who are willing to take part in Volunteer Repatriation Process jointly conducted by this Mission and UNHCR

Special Consular Camp 22.03.2022

In a special Consular Camp held at the Chancery Premises on 22.03.2022, Deputy High Commission of Sri Lanka in Chennai issued 158 Citizenship Certificates and 17 birth certificates. Sri Lankans living in Mandapam in Ramanathapuram, Arachalur in Erode, Thavasi in Tiruvannamalai, Uchapatty in Madurai, Adiyanoothu and Puthupatty in Dindigul participated the above camp.

Trade and Investment Awareness Session

Deputy High Commission of Sri Lanka in Chennai, in collaboration with Business Dhronacharya Institute of Entrepreneurs, conducted a ‘Trade and Investment Awareness Session’ at the Chancery premises on 08.03.2022. The objective of the Session was to make the participants aware of the trade and investment opportunities available in Sri Lanka for MSME sector players and arrange a South Indian delegation to Sri Lanka in order to explore more business collaborations with the Sri Lankan trading community. Giving the impetus, Dr. Venkateshwaran, Deputy High Commissioner stressed the importance of doing business in Sri Lanka and convinced the facilities and incentives being provided by the government of Sri Lanka to Indian traders and investors. Potential traders and investors from heterogeneous business sectors in South India such as textiles, Automobile, electronic and IT/BPO, etc. were participated the event.

Special Consular Camp 11.03.2022

Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai issued 101 Birth Certificates in a special consular camps organized at the Chancery premises on 11th March, 2022. Sri Lankans in Mettupatty in Namakkal, Pooluvapatti in Coimbatore, Bhavanisagar & Arachalur in Erode, Pavalathanoor in Salem, Anaiyur in Madurai, Gummidipoondi & Puzhal in Tiruvallur areas participated this camp.

Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai steps forward to promote Palmyrah based Products

In the Northern part of Sri Lanka, palmyrah palm is referred as “Katpahatharu (celestial tree)” or “the tree of life” for its multifarious uses. It is identified that almost each part of the palm, right from the top to bottom (root), has an economic value (nearly 800) being immensely useful to the life of the local population, contributing in numerous ways not only to food and nutrition, shelter and fuel but also to income generating activities.
The Government of Sri Lanka has established The Palmyrah Development Board to diversify, promote, develop & conduct research related to Palmyrah products. It has been identified that the value added palmyrah products has a developing market in European and South East Asian Countries.
On 18th February, 2022, Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai had organized a small tea ceremony at the chancery premises to introduce diversified and value-added Palmyra based Products to the business community in Southern India. Under the invitation of Deputy High Commissioner, Mr. Krishantha Pathiraja, Chairman, Palmyrah Development Board also participated the event.
Several diversified and value added palmyrah based products were introduced to the participants, whom expressed their interest to promote as well as to open few retail outlets palmyrah based products in Southern India. The event was concluded with a cup of delicious ‘Ceylon Tea’ served to the participants.

Discussion with UNHCR

Dr. D. Venkateshwaran, Deputy High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in Chennai and Ms. Prashanthi Krishnamoorthy, First Secretary met Mr. Oscar Mundiya, Chief of Mission, UNHCR – India and Mr. Satchithananda Valan Michael, Head of Field Office, UNHCR – Chennai, today at Chancery Premises, to discuss the updated situation of Sri Lankan Refugees in Southern India. Mr. Kiri Atri, Asst. External Relations Officer, UNHCR – New Delhi and Ms. Srividhya Mahesh, Senior. Admin Assistant, UNHCR – Chennai also presented at the meeting

Special Consular Camp 23.02.2022

Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai has issued 208 Citizenship Certificates for Sri Lankans from Gummidipoondi and Puzhal in Tamil Nadu, at a special consular camps organized at the Chancery premises on 15th & 23rd February, 2022.

IMPA holds hands with Sri Lanka in Business & Investment Collaborations

International Mudaliar and Pillaimar Association (IMPA) is a non-profit, non-political organization based in Southern India which consists of more than 25000 members worldwide. IMPA constitutes of reputed business owners with a South Indian origin and highly involved in development of economy, education, health and agriculture in rural communities in Southern India. Under the invitation of Dr. D. Venkateshwaran, Deputy High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in Chennai, around 60 business owners including Chairman & senior officials of IMPA participated a seminar on ‘Investment and Business Opportunities in Sri Lanka’ held at the Chancery Premises on 18th February, 2022. In delivering the keynote speech, The Deputy High Commissioner emphasized the fact ‘why you should invest in Sri Lanka’. Presentation on ‘Avenues of investing Sri Lanka’ and ‘Sri Lanka – the way forward) were presented by Mr. Dilanga Hettiarachchi, Second Secretary (Commercial) and Mr. Supun Deshaprema, Second Secretary (Cultural & Political). The event was followed by a Q & A session and an interactive working lunch also, which earned several positive responses in investing and establishing new businesses in Sri Lanka, for sectors such as renewable energy, pharmaceutical products, handicrafts, textiles & IT/BPO etc.