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‘The country must be opened up, giving priority to health care systems’

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Nimal Lansa – State Minister for Rural Roads and Other Infrastructure

Nimal Lansa, State Minister for Rural Roads and Other Infrastructure, said that the hope of 22 million people is to open up the country under health care systems and to enable them to carry out their activities as usual and strengthen the economy.

State Minister, Nimal Lansa expressed these views while inaugurating road development projects in the Panadura electorate.

Minister further stated,

We never stopped road development when there was corona effect. We have to live with the corona subject to health advice. Accordingly, I and my Cabinet minister decided not to stop work. Four years later, the people will ask whether his excellency the President had fulfilled his promise of 100,000 km.

‘Our goal is to make the country corona-free by 2021. I urge the people of the country to support this by following health advice. Some opposition MPs want to keep the country closed. The 22 million people of the country hope to open up the country and return to normalcy.

‘More than 2 million people who are engaged in the tourism industry have been at home for 9 months unable to carry on the tourism business. People who work every day should be given the opportunity to do their work.

‘My personal opinion is that we need to live safely with covid. We have to go about our daily business. Or the country will fall and we will fall. We must be determined to win the country’s development in 2021 and the country’s economy in the face of covid 19.

‘We hope to open the airport after January 17th. Provide opportunities for those who wish to come to Sri Lanka from abroad. All of this is done by following health guidelines. PCR is done 72 hours before tourists arrive in Sri Lanka. After the tourist comes to Sri Lanka he does a PCR. When the tourist goes out after about 7 days, he does a PCR again. He does three PCRs.

‘2021 is an important year for all of us. As the world faces the Covid epidemic and the world economy goes downhill, we must be determined to open a few schools, open the country to business and make it the country with the best economy while carrying out day to day activities as usual. We must all unite for that.

‘The Rs. 129 million worth road development work in the Panadura electorate commenced today under the national program to develop 100,000 km and the distance to be developed under it is 9 km.’

State Minister of Women and Child Development, Preschools & Primary Education, School Infrastructure & Education Services, Piyal Nishantha , State Minister of Warehouse Facilities, Container Yards, Port Supply Facilities and Boats and Shipping Industry Development Jayantha Samaraweera, former members of the Western Provincial Council, Neil Sunethralal and Vikum Gunasekara, chairman of the Panadura Pradeshiya Sabha Hemantha Fernando, , Chief Engineer of the Road Development Authority Ms. Gayani Mullewithana and a group of officials of the Road Development Authority were present on the occasion.



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Farmchemie becomes the first Sri Lankan owned company to receive FAMI-QS certification

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Farmchemie has obtained FAMI-QS certification being the first Sri Lankan owned company certified with FAMI-QS. FAMI-QS stands for Feed Additive and pre-MIxture Quality System, which compromises the safety of animal feed and the quality of processed goods in accordance with European regulation no. 183/2005 on animal feed. Farmchemie is a BOI approved leading manufacturer and exporter of animal feed additives and nutritional supplements in Asia. Farmchemie is equipped with a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility from Bühler, Switzerland to offer quality assured manufacturing services for world-renowned European brands as well as own brands under Farmstar. Farmchemie has already established their presence in numerous international markets such as India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Kuwait, Lebanon, UAE, Egypt, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Mongolia, Cambodia and Uganda. FAMI-QS will enable them to expand their markets including the European and USA.

“We are honoured to announce that Farmchemie becomes the first Sri Lankan-owned company to be certified with FAMI-QS in combination with ISO 9001: 2015 and Good Manufacturing Practices certification for animal feeding. By attaining FAMI-QS, we are able to anticipate the expectations of our clients for safe, high-quality goods by lowering the related risk and enhancing the quality of onsite feeds via a supply chain that is properly guaranteed. For that Farmchemie implements measures for Feed Fraud and Feed Defense according to FAMI-QS supply chain integrity module V2. We would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to our customers and suppliers for their continued support and dedication. We look forward to elevating the firm to new heights in the coming months and years, as our aims will always be centered on quality assurance and innovative manufacturing.” Managing Director Uditha Wanigasinghe stated.

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Exports Gold Award for Textrip

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Textrip Pvt Ltd, the export arm of the Elasto Group, was recently recognized, as the gold award winner for rubber and rubber-based products, medium scale category at the NCE Export Awards ceremony held recently in Colombo. The Chairman and Managing Director of Elasto Group, Mangala Gunasekera accepted the award at the gala event held at Shangri La Hotel. The national export awards ceremony, organized by the National Chamber of Exporters (NCE), recognizes and rewards Sri Lankan exporters on their performance in the international market.

“We always strive to manufacture high-quality rubber-based goods, using the latest technology, adhering to the highest international standards, and showcasing Sri Lanka on the global stage. I would like to thank our clients, locally and internationally for their continuous trust and my staff for their hard work and dedication. They are the pillars of our success,” Managing Director of Elasto Group, Mangala Gunasekera stated. Textrip products have obtained a number of national and international quality standards such as ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015, CET, REACH and their products are designed to adhere to the ‘Wellness Wisdom’ theme. The company works with over 100 top sports and wellness brands and exports to more than 30 countries including European countries and the United States. TEXSTRETCH Progressive Exercise Resistance Bands is one of the most popular products of the company. The product is a great full-body workout solution for users of any level.

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Sri Lanka Tourism returns to Spanish market after pandemic

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Spain is one of the fastest recovery markets for Sri Lanka Tourism after the pandemic and participation in FITUR argues well for the much-needed exposure for Sri Lanka as an attractive tourism destination for Spanish-speaking countries, contributing in a substantive manner to its overall growth strategy. Sri Lanka Tourism made the presence with the 28 private sector companies at 43rd edition of FITUR International Travel Mart which was held from 18- 22 January 2023, Madrid, Spain. FITUR is the largest tourism event in the Spanish Market where all the sectors leisure, business and MICE tourism meet under one roof.

Sri Lanka Tourism stall was ceremonially opened by Mr.Chalaka Gajabahu ,Chairman of Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau and Honorary Consul of Sri Lanka in Barcelona, Mr. Agustin Llana and representatives of the leading private sector members of Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka was able to attract high level of attention from the trade and travel visitors attended at the event. The Sri Lanka pavilion highlighted many aspects of its potential culture, beauty, Ayurveda and many more which Sri Lanka would offer as a tourism destination. Sri Lanka stand optimized the “So Sri Lanka” and “Visit Sri Lanka” vivid sights to attract the potential visitor segments. At the Sri Lanka pavilion, Ceylon tea was served for the visitors with a view of promoting Ceylon tea in the Spanish market.

On the sideline of the FITUR travel fair, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Burau officials participated at the events organized by the UNWTO. During the events, SLTPB officials met with the Mr.Harry Hwang , Director of Regional Department for Asia and the Pacific, UNWTO.As a result of discussions, Mr.Harry Hwang has shown the interest to hold the UNWTO Joint commission in Sri Lanka in 2024.

Meantime, the SLTPB and Sri Lanka Embassy of France also took steps to arrange Business Meetings, exclusive media interviews, Air Line meetings at the FITUR 2023. The Media gathering conducted during the fair created the great opportunity to highlight the updates on the destination and create awareness on the destination.

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