The new consulate will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Wednesday

A honorary consulate of Sri Lanka will be opened in Thiruvananthapuram by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Wednesday. Speaking to IANS, A. Jayaprakash, advisor to the Honorary Counsel Joemon Joseph, said this new beginning will boost businesses between Kerala and Sri Lanka.

“Tourism is one business that will get a major boost both in Kerala and Sri Lanka as people from both these places do travel up and down. Another important gain would be for the business community as there would be more trade and business activities,” said Mr.Jayaprakash.

In the run-up to the official clearing of the consular office of Sri Lanka in Thiruvananthapuram, the major point of discussion was on how this new office could help in boosting trade and commerce. “Coconut is one product that Sri Lanka is doing a lot of value addition to. Here in Kerala, coconut is an important cash crop and there are companies in Sri Lanka that are looking forward for engaging in doing value additions to coconut in Kerala,” added Mr.Jayaprakash.

Currently there are two Sri Lankan consulates functioning in Chennai and Mumbai besides two honorary consulates in Bangalore and Kolkata. The one in Kolkata is all set to be upgraded to a full-fledged consulate soon.

Trade circles in Kerala also appear to be in a buoyant mood as on Tuesday in Sri Lanka, Chinese companies have made major inroads in all sectors and the industry here is looking to Sri Lanka as a possible new business centre.

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