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Tropical fruits of Sri Lanka will appear in Russia

It is interesting to import seasonal fruits from Sri Lanka and cooperate with it in the field of fishing. This statement was made today by the results of the first meeting of the intergovernmental Russian-Lancia commission on trade, economic and scientific and technical cooperation, the chairman of its Russian part, the head of the Federal Agency for Fishery, Ilya Shestakov

Tropical fruits of Sri Lanka will appear in Russia
During the meeting, both sides agreed that bilateral cooperation in the economic sphere requires acceleration and decided to direct their efforts to this.

"Currently, the basis of Russian imports from Sri Lanka is tea. But Russia is interested in increasing its volume - in the supply of seasonal fruits and vegetables, which in the domestic market do not compete with the products produced by our farmers, "Ilya Shestakov said during the press conference after the meeting.

At the same time, he noted that, in turn, today the Government of Sri Lanka agrees to continue the policy of strengthening political, trade and economic cooperation with Russia.

"Sri Lanka agrees to continue cooperation with Russia in the agricultural sphere in the future. It is very profitable for farmers of our republic to supply not only fruits and vegetables, but also many other products to the Russian market during the winter period. From fruits to Russia from Sri Lanka can be delivered a number of tropical, for example pineapples, mangoes, kiwi, bananas. Our country also hopes that in the future the Russian market will open and for its fishermen. At the same time, it is equally advantageous for Sri Lanka itself to import from Russia such products as cereals and other types of cereals, "announced the chairman of the Sri Lankan part of the intergovernmental commission, the deputy minister of industry and trade of Sri Lanka, Tennekun Mudiyanselage.

Ilya Shestakov clarified that Rosselkhoznador had already allowed the enterprises of Sri Lanka to supply fish to Russia, but so far the import volumes of fish and seafood from it are insignificant.

"Sri Lanka also sees great opportunities in developing technical and technological cooperation with Russia," added Tennekun Mudiyanselage.

“Now in the process of discussion Russia’s provision of assistance to Sri Lanka in managing its fish stocks is in conducting research projects to evaluate them. At the same time, cooperation in the field of aquaculture and some other areas is being discussed with Sri Lanka, ”added Ilya Shestakov.

Within the framework of the meeting, the Sri Lankan side submitted to the Russian party a draft agreement on cooperation in the field of science, technology and innovation. Both sides agreed to sign the agreement at the intergovernmental level. From the Sri Lankan side, a draft agreement on cooperation in the customs sphere was also submitted for consideration. On the part of Russia, the position on this document will be forwarded as soon as possible.

According to Ilya Shestakov, the launch of the mechanism of the Intergovernmental Commission held today will improve the effectiveness of bilateral trade, economic and scientific and technical cooperation through its transfer to a systematic framework.

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According to the Federal Customs Service of Russia, the Russian-Sri Lankan trade turnover in 2015 amounted to 436,6 million dollars. In its structure, exports amounted to 129,5 million dollars, imports - 307,1 million dollars. The bulk of supplies fell on mineral products (mainly oil) - 38,2% of total exports, food products and agricultural raw materials (34,7%). The main exported products (98% of deliveries) are wheat, coal, potash mineral fertilizers, semi-finished products from non-alloy steel, asbestos, kraft paper and newsprint, petroleum products, synthetic rubber, coriander seeds. The basis of Russia's imports from Sri Lanka in 2015 was food products, mainly tea, and agricultural raw materials (64,0% of all supplies), textiles and products made of it, footwear (30,1%).