Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Austria-SL benefit from peace dividend -President
President Maitripala Sirisena in a statement to the media during his visit to Austria said Sri Lanka and Austria would work closely to ensure that both countries benefit from the changes taking place in Sri Lanka and from the peace dividend. "Sri Lanka and Austria have enjoyed friendly and cordial diplomatic relations for over six decades and I have just concluded a productive discussion with the Federal President and discussed ways of making our partnerships stronger," the President added.
"Our main focus is to strengthen bilateral trade and bilateral high-level exchange has been put in place, thus helping to expand cooperation in trade and economic relations, culture, education and sports.
Austria has provided a number of scholarships to Sri Lankan students in the hospitality field contributing to the development of Sri Lanka's hospitality sector.
"I am happy that Austrian companies are active in my country, implementing a number of projects. Among others, we discussed matters of mutual interest such as joint investment, ventures and opportunities including, increase market access. We would work closely to ensure that both countries benefit from the changes that are taking place in Sri Lanka and from the peace dividend . Trade and investment between our two countries are also showing a significant and a positive sign," he said.
"We are keen that the momentum in our trade volume turnover will increase in the coming years. Ceylon tea is popular in Austria and I have learnt that Ayurveda has also become a significant attraction for Austrain tourists", he added.