Special attention was drawn at this discussion to a programme for effecting direct imports of Diamonds, Gems and Jewellery produced in Botswana to Sri Lanka. Gems and Jewellery produced in Botswana were hitherto imported to Sri Lanka via. Africa. Direct imports of these merchandise without intervention of a third party will accrue benefits to both countries and on the other hand will further strengthen the economic ties between them.
Gem and Jewellery industry in Sri Lanka was subjected to discussion and it was explained by Minister Basil Rajapaksa that mining is being carried out in Sri Lanka as an environment -friendly industry.
High Commissioner Lesego Ethel Motsumio in turn explained the progress achieved in economic, investment and agricultural sectors in Botswana which was appreciated by the Minister Basil Rajapaksa.
A host of government officials including Susantha Punchinilame, Deputy Minister of Economic Development were present at this discussion.