The first-ever Jaffna International Trade Fair was successfully concluded last month with the participation of a large number of entrepreneurs, various business stakeholders from Colombo and the Northern and Eastern provinces, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and over 30 Indian participants. Organized by the Federation of Chambers of Commerce & Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) together with Lanka Exhibition and Conference Services and the Chamber of Commerce and Industries of Yarlpanam, Chief Guest at the Fair Indian High Commissioner for Sri Lanka, Ashok Kanth said the government of India is committed to helping the industry and trade and the socio-economic welfare of the people of the North.
According to a FCCISL press release, Mr. Kanth added that the Indian government is also prepared to construct railroad tracks between the south of Sri Lanka and Kankansanthurai and tracks between Madawachchiya and Thalaimannar. He also mentioned that a probable ferry service linking Point Pedro and Thalaimannar to Rameshwaren will facilitate easier access from the North of Sri Lanka to south India. In addition, a visa center located in Jaffna will provide easier access for people to travel for trade and conduct their business partnerships.