Saturday, 18 June 2016 08:05

Huge victory for Lanka, says envoy

The lifting of the EU ban for fish exports is a huge victory for Sri Lanka which would help boost fish processing activities and exports, household incomes and overall economic activity, European Union Ambassador to Sri Lanka David Daly said yesterday.

He made these comments at a special ceremony at the Dikkowita Fishery Harbour yesterday, where Sri Lankan fish export to EU was ceremonially restored.

Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Ministry Secretary W.M.M.R Adikari also participated.

All key stakeholders should join hands to protect this progress further, Daly said. "Sri Lanka should also play a major role in international forums and strengthen its participation in global affairs,” he added.

Secretary Adikari said lifting the ban will directly benefit the economy and the livelihood of fishermen and traders and exporters in the field.

The European Parliament has also endorsed this decision. Everybody should be committed to have an ethical and sustainable fisheries industry in Sri Lanka, she said

Meanwhile, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Mahinda Amaraweera issuing a message stated that Sri Lanka is enjoying another victory with the European Commission's decision to lift the ban imposed by them on the exportation of Sri Lankan fish to European countries.

"The favourable policies followed by the Yahapalana government and the long journey with the international community had helped this victory. It is our duty to do extensive work to strengthen this further," he stated.(Daily News)

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