May 3, 2019
INDIA INC EXPRESSES ITS SOLIDARITY WITH SRI LANKA FOR REVIVAL PROCESS AFTER RECENT TERRORIST ATTACK
Mr Rajeev Talwar, President, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Friday expressed India’s Inc solidarity with Sri Lanka for revival process after recent terrorist attack in the country, exuding confidence that it would come out of its severe consequences sooner than anticipated.
Mr Talwar was speaking at an Interaction with Mr Kalupage Austin Fernando, High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to India on “Strengthening International Support and Ties with Sri Lanka” under aegis of the PHD Chamber Ambassadors’ Economic Forum the here today in which the High Commissioner pointed out that Sri Lanka and India should bolster their trade, economic and cultural relations with the passage of time, given the close proximity that the two nations enjoy for ages.
Thanking India for its moral and other supports that Sri Lanka received from it from time to time, the High Commissioner explained, “Sri Lanka Tourism would be participating in Travel Fair in Kolkata in July 2019 and also Sri Lanka Tourism together with my Mission will organize a MICE event in Kolkata. In August there will be a Tourism Road Show in Delhi organized by Sri Lanka Tourism in association with Sri Lanka High Commission. A few more Road Shows will be held in other Metro Cities such as Chennai, Mumbai and Bangalore in August next”.
Mr Talwar suggested that Sri Lanka should do away with its Visa fee for a few years to promote intensive and extensive tourists arrival from foreign countries including that of India. The suggestion has been mooted in view of the tourism potential of Sri Lanka which known so world widely, added Mr Talwar.
Mr Talwar emphasized that as a general policy measure, PHDCCI has also proposed that India should increase the validity of the tourist Visa for a period up to five years.
This according to the Chamber President will make travel to India easier to plan. “Doing away with Visa fee for five years to tourists visiting India will make it a very competitive destination and increased tourists will mean much more revenue than Visa fee”.
Among other who were also present on occasion comprised Ambassador Yash Sinha, Former High Commissioner of India to UK and Sri Lanka; Ambassador K V Rajan, Convener, PHD Chamber Ambassadors’ Economic Forum,Mr Binay Kumar, Former President, PHDCCI.
Koteshwar Prasad Dobhal