- On 13 March, 2021
A webinar was conducted on Friday 12th March between Sri Lanka and Nepal to discuss potential cooperation in gem and jewellery industry, focusing on technical cooperation in various sectors of the industry.
The webinar was organsied by the State Ministry of Gem and Jewellery Related Industries in collaboration with, National Gem and Jewellery Authority, Gem and Jewellery Research and Training Institute, Foreign Ministry of Sri Lanka, Department of Mines and Geology of Nepal, and the Sri Lanka Embassy in Kathmandu.
The webinar provided a productive discussion on areas of possible cooperation and assistance, ranging from mining to training, capacity building and human resource development. Given Sri Lanka's expertise in the industry, Sri Lankan authorities offered their fullest support and cooperation to Nepal. They further elaborated on the areas of possible cooperation which are to be outlined and be agreed to through a bilateral Memorandum of Understanding.
The Sri Lankan participants included Secretary to the State Ministry of Gem and Jewellery Related Industries S.M. Piyatissa, Sri Lanka's Ambassador to Nepal Himalee Arunatilaka, Director General of National Gem and Jewellery Authority of Sri Lanka I.S.H. Illukpitiya, Director General, Gem and Jewellery Research and Training Institute T.S. Dharmarathne and Officials of the Foreign Ministry of Sri Lanka. The Nepal side comprised the Director General of the Department of Mines and Geology Ram Prasad Ghmire and other officials of Department. President of the Nepal Sri Lanka Chamber of Commerce & Industry Ramesh Maharjan also joined and gave a private sector perspective from Nepal.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
13 March 2021