New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced that New Zealand will open a High Commission in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
"Establishing a High Commission in Colombo is a sign of New Zealand’s commitment to strengthening the relationship between our countries," Mr McCully says.
"Sri Lanka is rebuilding after a generation-long civil war, and we are keen to support that process politically and through a broader economic relationship. It is a growing economy, has a major dairy market and has expressed its interest in learning further about farming from New Zealand.
"Sri Lanka offers increasing value and diversity to our exporters, and is a trade gateway to a fast-growing part of Asia."
The Government, through Budget 2017, has committed $6.2 million in capital funding to establish the High Commission and a further $8.9 million to cover operating costs over the next four years.
The new funding was announced today as part of the launch of Trade Agenda 2030. (voxy.co.nz)
Hadam Friday, 24 March 2017 01:12 PM
Good move by an amazing country and wonderful people.
WISE DONKEY Friday, 24 March 2017 01:24 PM
Better late than never. I couldn't believe they never had one in Colombo.......
ceylon Friday, 24 March 2017 02:05 PM
Good decision. Lanka need this kind of respectable countries as friends. via DM Android App
Nihal Amarasekera Friday, 24 March 2017 02:35 PM
rosebud Saturday, 25 March 2017 09:15 AM
Please share dairy industry know how but please dont dump your milk powder in SL. via DM Android App
gamini Saturday, 25 March 2017 11:36 AM
great. so many SL expats don't have to deal anymore with Oz but can deal directly with NZ high commission
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