In line with the mandate of the State Ministry of Regional Cooperation to enhance economic relations with the Middle East, State Minister of Regional Cooperation Tharaka Balasuriya held a phone discussion with Kingdom of Bahrain Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism Zayed bin Rashid Al-Zayani.
This discussion was initiated to bolster Sri Lanka’s economic ties in the Middle East region. The two Ministers explored means of enhancing economic relations, including trade and investment between the two countries. During the discussion, State Minister Balasuriya highlighted the in-vestment opportunities at the Port City of Colombo, the gateway to South Asia, and invited Bah-raini investors to seize abundant offerings of this special economic zone.
Minister Al-Zayani elaborated on the procedures that the Bahraini Government had imple-mented to bolster the country’s economy, which has made it a favoured destination for regional and international investors.
The Ministers also discussed several areas of mutual interest, including cooperation in the are-as of tourism, the creative economy, where small and medium enterprises play a key role, and in the multilateral arena.
The discussion was facilitated by Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Kingdom of Bahrain Pradeepa Saram.