German biz chamber helps Sri Lanka firms enter EU organic market

ECONOMYNEXT – The Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Sri Lanka (AHK Sri Lanka) with the European Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka (ECCSL) had brought together domestic organic food suppliers and European buyers.

Sri Lanka firms have been support European and German business chamber in Sri Lanka had organised a virtual interactive session

The ‘Organic Food Production and Exports by SMEs in Sri Lanka’ conference allowed small and medium enterprises meet buyers in the EU.

The online forum had drawn over 155 partipants such as SME traders, exporters, medium-scale farmers and other agri-food producers.

European importers and retailers (including Rewe Far East Limited, Biokorntakt Vertriebs GmbH, and
Herbaria Kräuterparadies GmbH from Germany, Tradin Organic Agriculture B.V. from Netherlands, Renee
Voltaire from Sweden, JJM Group from Slovakia, and Greenest from Estonia) met Sri Lanka suppliers.

They were interested in organic coconut-based products, tropical fruits, vegetables, and spice products among others from Sri Lanka.

About 30 Sri Lankan SMEs who had the criteria of European Buyers for specific product portfolios, EU organic certified status, and other certifications and standards for special B2B matchmaking meetings with European importers were selected following the forum.

Country Director of GIZ Sri Lanka Petra Mutlu, Charge d’Affaires, Delegation of the European Union, Thorsten Bargfrede, Chairman of Export Development Board – Suresh de Mel, and Chief Delegate of the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Sri Lanka (AHK Sri Lanka), Marie Antonia von Schönburg and President of European Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka (ECCSL), Arnold Perera and Buddhi Marambe, Senior Professor in Agriculture, University of Peradeniya were in the forum. (Colombo/Sep04/2022)

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