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The celebrations of the 72nd Independence Day of Sri Lanka organized by the Consulate General of Sri Lanka to Dubai and Northern Emirates were ceremoniously held on Tuesday 4th February 2020 at the Consulate General premises with a large gathering of Sri Lankan expatriates living in Dubai & Northern Emirates.

The ceremony was inaugurated by the Sri Lanka Consul General to Dubai & Northern Emirates, Nalinda Wijerathna by hoisting the National Flag followed by singing the National Anthem. The lighting of the traditional oil lamp was done by participants representing different Communities in Sri Lanka. The national day messages issued by H.E the President, Hon. Prime Minister and the Hon. Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka was read by the staff members of the Consulate General. Bestowing blessings upon people and the Government of Sri Lanka on this special day, Multi faith religious observances were conducted by respective clergies from Buddhist, Hindu, Islam and Catholic religions.

In his address to the gathering, the Consul General highlighted that the mega development projects in Sri Lanka including Port City and constructions of expressways are now in their final stages to be completed. The Port City has completed land reclamation and now open for investors. The tourism industry is now back on progressive track and the number of tourist arrival to enjoy the best of offers by Sri Lanka is now increasing. Citing, the above developments, he further invited the Sri Lankan expatriate community in UAE to join hands to be part of Sri Lanka’s success story. Speaking further, the Consul General highlighted the friendly and cordial relationship between Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates which expands to an era well before the establishment of formal bilateral diplomatic relations in 1979, more than forty years ago.

During the event, the Consul General planted a Neem tree in the Consulate General premises following the Green Concept of the government.

Commemorating this special day the Consulate General, in collaboration with two leading newspapers in UAE i.e. “Khaleej Times” and “Gulf News” has made arrangements to publish two newspaper supplements in the respective papers, giving wide publicity on Sri Lanka’s tourism, trade and cultural values.

Members and officials of number of Sri Lankan Associations, journalists, Community leaders and a large number of Sri Lankan expatriates living in Dubai and Northern Emirates participated in this event.

The ceremony was concluded with the serving of traditional Sri Lankan delicacies and refreshments to all the participants followed by serving Ceylon Tea.

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Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Dubai & Northern Emirates

5th February 2020

  • The United Kingdom (UK) will leave the EU on 31st January 2020.

  • After 31st January 2020, there will be a transition period until the end of 2020, while the UK and the EU negotiate additional arrangements regarding the withdrawal.

  • The current rules on trade, travel, and business for the UK and the EU will continue to apply during the transition period.This means;

  1. All Sri Lankan products, which currently enjoy duty-free market access in the EU under “GSP Plus” will be able to enjoy the same duty-free access in the UK market from 01.02.2020 until 31.12.2020, which is known as the transition period.

  2. The Department of Commerce (DOC), in consultation with the Sri Lanka High Commission in London, will inform you in due course of the terms and conditions the UK will apply to our exports with effect from 01.01.2021.

  3. All (EU GSP Plus) REX-registered exporters can continue to ship their “EU-GSP Plus entitled” merchandise to the UK market with a “Statement of Origin”, which is similar to what they currently make with regard to their EU-bound exports.

  4. New exporters, who are not REX-registered up to now, are advised to obtain their REX-registration from the DOC, located on 4th Floor, “Rakshana Mandiraya” 21 Vauxhall Street, Colombo 02 as soon as possible.

  5. Rules of Origin for goods exported to the UK market till 31.12.2020 will be same as those applied under the EU “GSP Plus”.

For any additional information, please contact any of the following DOC officials.

-          Ms. Thavishya Mullegamgoda / Asst. Director of Commerce – 0112329733 Ext.252/ Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

-          Ms. Samodhi Perera / Asst. Director of Commerce - 0112329733 Ext.234/ Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

-          Ms. Mekhala Abeykoon / Asst. Director of Commerce 0112329733 Ext.234 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Department of Commerce

Colombo 02


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