Afghanistan Charge d ‘affairs to Sri Lanka , Munir Ghiasy will be the special guest speaker on “Bilateral Trade Between Sri Lanka & Afghanistan” on Thursday 31 August 2017 at the Chamber, from 3. p.m to 4 pm.
The participants will get an opportunity to interact with the charge d ‘affairs and get information on trade matters with Afghanistan and services available for Sri Lankans. Afghanistan is an old civilization dating back to over 5,000 years. Recently Afghanistan was found to have $1 trillion worth of untapped natural reserves including natural gas, petroleum, coal, copper, sulfur, lead, zinc, iron ore, precious and semiprecious stones.
Its exports commodities: Grapes, fruits and nuts, precious stones, handmade carpets, Cashew nuts. Imports - commodities: Wheat, petroleum oils, powered aircraft and palm oil .
Total export value from Sri Lanka to Afghanistan was US$ 627,000 in 2016 and total imports from Afghanistan to Sri Lanka for the same period were US$ 48,000.
Sri Lanka’s main export products to Afghanistan in 2016 were books and printed matter, rubber tyres and tubes, defatted coconut, desiccated coconut, tea, parts of refrigerating or freezing equipments. The main import products from Afghanistan were telephone sets, toys, and electrical transformers, processed food, precious stones, office machines, electric motors & generators.
Sources : dailynews