Written by Zulfick Farzan
27 Oct, 2020 | 9:02 am
Colombo (News 1st); Calling on Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo on Monday, Ambassador of Switzerland to Sri Lanka Dominik Furgler discussed a number of areas to further cooperation between the two countries, including investment, exports, tourism, and fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Ambassador commended the manner in which the Government is responding to the Coronavirus outbreak by “publishing clear rules and enforcing them.”
Prime Minister Rajapaksa said that while lockdowns and health precautions can be difficult for everyone, sometimes it’s necessary to keep people safe.
To contribute to the Government’s efforts to contain the outbreak, the Swiss government is providing assistance to Sri Lanka with equipment that would enable faster PCR tests at the airport, said the Prime Minister’s Media Division.
This is also a part of a collaboration to try to revive tourism to Sri Lanka once the situation improves, it added.
The two delegations also discussed investments and exports.
With economic development being a priority of the Government, the Ambassador said he will work on bringing in more Swiss investments.
Switzerland is currently the 8th largest investor in Sri Lanka.
With regard to exports, the delegations discussed ways in which Sri Lanka can further diversify export product range to Switzerland to reap greater benefits from the Swiss GSP+ facility.
Currently, major exports from Sri Lanka to Switzerland include apparel, black tea, seafood, and gems and jewelry.
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