COLOMBO, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka and Pakistan, on Friday, inaugurated a mega trade expo in capital Colombo, to strengthen economic and trade ties between the two countries.
The trade expo, the largest ever of its kind organized by Pakistan outside the country, has seen the participation of 156 companies.
Speaking at the inauguration, High Commissioner of Pakistan Major Gen. Syed Shakeel Hussain said that the event should work as a catalyst for synergizing deeper economic relations between the two countries.
The Ambassador said that Pakistan was a country of 200 million people with nearly 50 billion U.S. dollar imports.
He urged the Sri Lankan government to explore Pakistan as a market for Sri Lankan goods and services.
Sri Lanka's Minister for Plantation Industries, Navin Dissanayake said that the importance of collaboration between Sri Lanka and Pakistan had increased tremendously in modern times for promoting cultural, civilizational and trade dialogue.
The expo features leading Pakistani companies and manufacturers of Engineering Products, Auto Parts, Agro Products, Textile & Clothing, Designer Wear, Handicraft & Traditional Textiles, Pharmaceuticals, Cutlery, Furniture, Carpets, Marble and Services.