Facilitating and promoting the Sri Lankan Small and Medium Entrepreneurs (SME) to enter into International market, Sri Lanka Embassy in the Kingdom of Thailand in collaboration with Export Development Board, Spice and Allied Product Marketing Board (under the banner of ‘Ceylon Spices’), National Craft Council of Sri Lanka, made arrangements for the very first time to sell Sri Lankan products at the 55th Diplomatic Red Cross Bazaar, organized under theme of ‘Happy shopping and enjoy giving’ with a hybrid charity business experience via dpcredcrossbazaar.com. by the Thai Red Cross Society with Spouses of the Heads of Mission to Thailand, which was ceremonially opened by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of the Kingdom of Thailand at the Royal Paragon Hall, Siam Paragon in Bangkok on 03rd March 2022.
Rancrisp Marketing (Pvt.) Ltd., D N Interior Designs (Pvt) Ltd., Greens Flower Design (Pvt) Ltd. under the Omee Products (Pvt) Ltd., Suravi Holdings (Pvt) Ltd., Aromatic Global (Pvt) Ltd., Benserlink Spice Export (Pvt) Ltd., Noas Products (Pvt) Ltd., DP Global Ventures (Pvt) Ltd., LM Spices, Ceylon Curry Products (Pvt) Ltd., many other SMEs and members of the National Craft Council participated the bazaar on hybrid mode from Sri Lanka. Global Premium Wine Co. Ltd(Dilmah Tea) and K Square Co.Ltd in Thailand and Euro-Scan Exports(Private)Limited and Mlesna (Ceylon) Ltd.(Mlesna Tea) were also among the participants.
After gracing the inauguration ceremony, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Kingdom of Thailand and Permanent Representative to United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), C.A. Chaminda I. Colonne and Spouse Stephan Senanayake graciously welcomed Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn at the Sri Lanka booth, presented a traditional silver-plated pagoda, a creation from National Craft Council of Sri Lanka and explained her on Sri Lankan spices, traditional handicrafts, and other products brought from Sri Lanka for hybrid mode selling. Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn was impressed by Sri Lankan unique traditional products.
There was a massive demand, especially for Ceylon Spices, including authentic Ceylon Cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, nutmeg, curry powder etc., and Sri Lankan traditional handicrafts, batik, brass, clay and wooden products, savory snacks, dehydrated fruits and vegetables, flowers other than Ceylon tea.
Prior to the Bazaar, on 21st February 2022, the Embassy also made presentations to Thai local media on Sri Lankan products at the Press Conference and introduced them to the Thai and expatriate community in Bangkok. The Bazaar held from 03-06 March 2022 with the participation over 53 countries, a total of 220 booths comprising 176 Embassy booths and attracted more than 21699 visitors. More than 88 exhibitors joined the online platform from embassies, royal-initiated projects, private companies as well as the Thai Red Cross souvenir shop. Donations from the participating Embassies and collection from raffle tickets will be allocated by the Thai Red Cross Society to the charity work such as health sector and community development in the Kingdom.
Under the guidance of Sri Lanka Ambassador in Bangkok C. A. Chaminda I. Colonne and her Spouse Stephan Senanayake, collective efforts made by Chairperson Kumudini Gunasekera of Spices and Allied Products Marketing Board, Chairman Suresh D. de Mel of EDB, Chairman Sampath Erahapola of National Craft Council, Manager of Sri Lankan Airlines in Thailand Tharaka Galahitiyawa, officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, First Secretary Saritha Ranthunga and staff of the Sri Lanka Embassy in Bangkok made Sri Lanka’s participation at the Bazaar a success.
Embassy and Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka
07 March 2022