Saudi buyers, sellers invited to trade exhibition in Sri Lanka

Updated 27 September 2013
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Saudi buyers, sellers invited to trade exhibition in Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan Embassy has invited buyers and sellers to participate in an exhibition to be held concurrently with the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2013, scheduled to be held in Colombo from Nov. 13.
Anil Sirimanne, commercial counselor at the Sri Lankan Embassy, told Arab News that the event, which will discuss Sri Lanka’s trade, tourism and investment, will also coincide with the Commonwealth Business Forum (CBF), which will also be held in Colombo during the same period.
The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 54 independent countries and the CHOGM is held every two years to enable leaders of Commonwealth countries to come together to discuss global and Commonwealth-related issues and to decide on collective policies and initiatives.
Running parallel to the CHOGM, “Reflection of Sri Lanka,” an international exhibition on trade, tourism and investment, will be held from Nov. 13 to 17 in Colombo, in which numerous private and public sector agencies will be participating.
More than 300 leading exporters of various sectors from Sri Lanka and foreign machinery and technology suppliers will showcase their products and services.
It will be held at the Folk Art Center (Janakala Kendraya) in Battaramulla, a suburb in the capital, Colombo.
“The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Riyadh would like to invite you to participate in this exhibition to develop economic relations with Sri Lankan partners. You can register as a buyer or an exhibitor at the exhibition,” Sirimanne said, adding that attractive travel packages will be offered to participants by the sponsors of the event.
“Sri Lanka is privileged to hold this summit this year. This is the first time an Asian country hosts such an event in 24 years. This prestigious event presents Sri Lanka with a valuable opportunity to promote and reposition Sri Lanka as a strategically important economic center of the world.”
The exhibitors are expected to maintain the highest quality and international standards in displaying their products.
The diplomat said the trade exhibition will be a great opportunity for leading exporters and potential exporters to present their capabilities to the heads of Commonwealth States, high-powered delegations, business leaders and other foreign buyers, which will pave the way to further pursue their business in the global market.
The exposition on trade, tourism and investment will be organized by the Ministry of Economic Development, the Ministry of Industry and Commerce and Sri Lanka Tourism and Board of Investment (BOI) in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) and in association with other government agencies to showcase Sri Lanka’s export portfolio at its best.
The exposition includes product displays, networking sessions, seminars and industry visits. Foreign exhibitors will present state-of-the-art equipment and technology.
Promotional packages include a 25-percent discount on airfare to and from Colombo, gratis visa, internal transport, including airport pick up free of charge and concessions for hotel charges.


Saudi Movie ‘Joud’ to screen at Ithra during National Day celebrations

The film’s producer, and program director of the center, Abdullah Al-Ayaf, said that “Joud” sets a cinematic precedent for the Kingdom. (Social media)
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Saudi Movie ‘Joud’ to screen at Ithra during National Day celebrations

  • Scenes filmed in various parts of the Kingdom are accompanied by a lively musical soundtrack, taking viewers on a journey of discovery of the Saudi lifestyle.

JEDDAH: The Saudi film “Joud,” produced by the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra), which is now screening in local and international cinemas in the Kingdom, will also be shown at Ithra’s own cinema from September 20 to 23, 2018, as part of the center’s National Day events.

The film, which dispenses with dialogue to make it more accessible to a global audience, features visuals inspired by classical Arabic poems that reflect the natural heritage and diversity of Saudi Arabia, the discovery of oil and the resultant social change. Scenes filmed in various parts of the Kingdom are accompanied by a lively musical soundtrack, taking viewers on a journey of discovery of the Saudi lifestyle.

The film’s producer, and program director of the center, Abdullah Al-Ayaf, said that “Joud” sets a cinematic precedent for the Kingdom, “and we believe that its uniqueness opens the door to discovering more stories preserved in the hearts of our people and our land.”

He added that Ithra was keen for Saudi filmmakers to work alongside an international crew during production of the film. For example, assistant director Osama Al-Kharji directed scenes set in Makkah, with director of photography Abdullah Al-Shuraidah and cameraman Fahad al-Dajani, while Hussam Al-Hilweh helped to write the script. Composer Diaa Azouni contributed to the soundtrack, and co-director Osamah Saleh was responsible for behind-the-scenes photography for almost a year.

Andrew Lancaster, the film’s director, said that “Joud” “shows how music and natural landscape play a big role in communicating the soul of the movie.” He added that it "talks about a deep experience through culture, music and natural landscape. It was a great adventure for me to transfer this to the screen.”

Ithra, in Dhahran, aims to set new standards for excellence in the Saudi film industry, and create innovative projects through its relationships with partners and visitors by stimulating the sustainability of creative and cultural communities. Through its diverse programs, the center helps to develop new ways to foster creativity, supporting and promoting national talent by providing an environment for the production and exchange of knowledge, in a manner that respects diversity and promotes different concepts in science and the arts.