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20September2017

Applications for Sri Lankan Driving Licence

Sri Lankans living in Belgium and Luxembourg who wish to renew, alter or obtain duplicate of Sri Lankan driving licence could do so through the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Brussels. 

Contact the Consular Section for further information. 

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Ceylon Tea Promotion - 150 years of Ceylon Tea Industry

The Embassy organised a Ceylon Tea Promotion event on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Ceylon tea industry on 6th July 2017. A distinguished gathering of tea importers, media representatives and business personalities attended reception held at the Ambassador's Residence in Brussels. Speaking on the occasion Ambassador Rodney Perera referred to the journey of Sri Lanka's tea industry from its small beginning to becoming a leading export commodity of Sri Lanka. The different varieties of Ceylon Tea from the regions was displayed and guests sampled the subtle variations in tone, colour and flavour.  

 

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Minister Malik Samarawickrama meets European Union Trade Commissioner in Brussels on 13th March 2017

 

Development Strategies and International Trade Minister Malik Samarawickrama accompanied by Ambassador Rodney Perera met with European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström today (12 March 2017) at the European Commission in Brussels.

The Minister discussed with Commissioner Malmström prospects for increasing bilateral trade and investment from the European Union with the enhanced opportunities expected following the Commission recommendation to restore the GSP+ facility to Sri Lanka. It was noted that bilateral trade turn over currently stands at approximately USD 5 billion annually and the EU accounts for 36% of Sri Lanka's total exports last year.

Minister Samarawickrama discussed the prospects for increasing investment and invited European companies to do business with Sri Lanka. He stated that there are many opportunities to invest in infrastructure development and also in the agriculture and dairy sector with the possibility of joint ventures. The Minister referred to the resumption of the EU Sri Lanka Investment Dialogue in January this year after a lapse of many years. Commissioner Malmström expressed confidence that European investors would increasingly look at the favourable opportunities available in Sri Lanka in the context of the positive steps taken by the Government to create an investor friendly climate. It was noted that a high level delegation from the European Investment Bank (EIB) will visit Colombo at the end of this month to explore further avenues of economic cooperation between the EU and Sri Lanka.

Minister Samarawickrama briefed Commissioner Malmström on the steps Sri Lanka is taking to bring about reconciliation, strengthen good governance and respect for human rights and the regular dialogue with the EU on matters of mutual interest.

Minister Samarawickrama extended an invitation to Commissioner Malmström to visit Sri Lanka at an early opportunity to which the Commissioner responded positively.

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Brussels


13.03.2017

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Sri Lankans in Belgium & Luxembourg Celebrate Vesak

The Sri Lanka Embassy in Belgium together with the Sri Lankan community in Belgium and Luxembourg celebrated Vesak on 20th May 2017 at the Buddhist Temple in Waterloo. Dhamma talks were delivered by Ven. Kahagolle Charanasumana Thero of Netherlands Mahamevna Meditation Centre and Ven. Sudhinanavides Thero of Wat Thai Dhammaram, Waterloo. Ven. Kurunegala Anandaghosa Thero and Ven. Kaisorn Thavorn Thero also graced the occasion. Ambassador Rodney Perera addressed the gathering. Dana was offered to the Monks and the Sri Lankan community present and this was followed by meditation and Bodhi Pooja. A large gathering of Sri Lankans from Belgium and Luxembourg attended the event.

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National Day Celebrations in Brussels

The Sri Lanka Embassy in Belgium celebrated the 69th Anniversary of Sri Lanka's National Day in Brussels on 4th February 2017 at the Auditorium of the Brussels Press Club. The event was attended by over 100 Sri Lankans from Belgium and Luxembourg.

The National Day event commenced with the hoisting of the national flag by the Ambassador of Sri Lanka H. E. Mr. Rodney Perera and the singing of the national anthem in Sinhala and Tamil. This was followed by the observance of 1 minute silence in memory of all those who died in the service of the country. Thereafter the traditional oil lamp was lighted by the Ambassador, Hony. Consuls in Antwerp and Luxembourg and representatives of the Sri Lanka Community in Belgium and Luxembourg. This was followed by multi-religious observances conducted by Buddhist, Hindu, Christian and Islamic religious dignitaries. The messages of the President, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs were thereafter read by members of the staff of the Embassy in the official languages of Sri Lanka and also in English.

Ambassador Rodney Perera thereafter addressed the gathering and referred to the work carried out by this Embassy in fulfilling the policies and programs of the Government. He also referred to the visit of the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka in October last year and the visit of the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade last month. He stated that many steps have been taken to strengthen relations with Belgium, Luxembourg and the EU.

Thereafter, cultural items were performed by the children of the Sri Lankan Community in Belgium and Luxembourg with a focus on national unity and reconciliation. Children representing all communities in Sri Lanka participated.

At the end of the official ceremony traditional Sri Lankan food was served to all the guests.

On 08th February 2017, Ambassador Rodney Perera hosted a diplomatic reception at the Official Residence. Over hundred guests including Ambassadors, representatives of the Belgian Government, European Union Officials, representatives of the business sector, civil society organisations and other distinguished visitors from Belgium and Luxembourg attended the reception.   

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