The High Commission of India in Sri Lanka on Friday organized a Curtain Raiser event in Colombo, setting the stage for the upcoming Global Maritime India Summit (GMIS). The summit is scheduled to be held next month in Mumbai. Sri Lanka’s Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation Nimal Siripala de Silva, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest, in the presence of High Commissioner Gopal Baglay.
From the Indian side, Secretary to the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, T K Ramachandran and senior officials from the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways attended the event virtually.
Baglay emphasized the significance of maritime cooperation between India and Sri Lanka, highlighting the ongoing efforts to enhance sea connectivity. He revealed that Sri Lanka had been designated as a ‘Partner Country’ at the forthcoming GMIS.
Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva commended Indian investment in Sri Lanka’s port development and underlined both governments’ commitment to developing the industrial zone in Trincomalee. The Minister also announced early commencement of ferry services between the two countries.