Seminar relives Odisha-Sri Lanka links, explores new opportunities

Bhubaneswar: Odisha and Sri Lanka share a long history and in a bid to relive the bonding a two-day international seminar titled ‘Kalinga-Lanka: Reviving Old Linkages and Exploring New Opportunities’ was inaugurated today at Utkal Univerisity. The event was organised by Kalinga-Lanka Foundation. The speakers at the seminar laid emphasis on development of Buddhist tourism development along with commerce and education.

High Commissioner-designate of Sri Lanka in India Esala Weerakoon who graced the inaugural ceremony shared his inclination towards building a strong bond with Odisha’s culture, tradition, tourism and trade.

Governor SC Jamir, Odisha Industries and School & Mass Education minister Debi Prasad Mishra, Tourism minster Ashok Chandra Panda and Kendrapara MP Baijayant Panda were amongst the dignitaries present in the seminar.

“Prime minister Narendra Modi and his Sri Lankan counterpart have agreed to sign an economic and technological cooperation agreement between the two countries. The agreement will not only cover trade but also investment and services. It is going to be a very broad agreement and at the moment we are finalizing a draft agreement,” said Weerakoon.

“The cooperation will facilitate shipping activity at Paradip and Dhamra along with exports and imports. Moreover, Odisha has a lot of scope in the kind of investment that Sri Lanka has brought for export industries,” said Kendrapara MP Baijayant Panda

“On the upcoming Sri Lanka National Day which will be observed in New Delhi we will organise an exhibition at the Sri Lanka High Commission,” said chairman of by Kalinga-Lanka Foundation Lalit Mansingh.