Sri Lanka was well represented by a 30 member delegation of Small and Medium enterprises organized by the Sri Lanka Export Development Board with the active facilitation of the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Guangzhou at the 15th International Small and Medium Enterprises Fair (CISMEF) held from 10th – 13th October 2018 at the Poly World Trade Centre in Guangzhou.
The CISMEF Trade Fair has become an effective and strong platform in connecting participating entrepreneurs with potential partners in different markets overseas and within mainland China. 39 countries participated in this year’s event alongside the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).
Many visitors who converged at the Sri Lanka pavilion commented on the value added products on display. The SMEs from Sri Lanka represented a broad range of sectors from wellness and hospitality, trade and retail to agriculture and manufacturing.
A Trade Seminar was organized by the Consulate General on 12th October on the sidelines of the CISMEF to create awareness on Sri Lankan export products that are ready to enter the Chinese market. The Trade Seminar was a productive platform to promote the Sri Lankan SME sector which is a key pillar of the economy.
A notable highlight of Sri Lanka’s participation at this year’s CISMEF was the recognition accorded to the Sri Lanka delegation as an “Excellent Overseas Delegation” through an Award presented by Mr. Tan Jiebin, Deputy Director General of the Organising Authority of China International SME Enterprises to Shanika Dissanayake, Consul General of Sri Lanka in Guangzhou.
The Sri Lanka pavilion also housed a section of photographs to promote the tourism sector, giving the visitors an insight into Sri Lanka’s culture and heritage.