Saudi firms invited for export development forum in Lanka

Updated 06 September 2016
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Saudi firms invited for export development forum in Lanka

RIYADH: The “16th World Export Development Forum (WEDF) is scheduled to be held in  Colombo, Sri Lanka, from  Oct. 12 to 13 under the theme of ‘Trade for Success: Connect, Compete, Change’.
The World Export Development Forum (WEDF) is an annual flagship event of the International Trade Center (ITC), Geneva, which brings together around 400 business practitioners from around the world to debate and identify practical solutions that contribute to trade-led inclusive sustainable development.
A special feature of WEDF 2016 in Colombo is a schedule of dedicated Business to Business (B2B) meetings for which over 100 Sri Lankan companies from the sectors mentioned below will be participating.
This will offer an excellent platform for Saudi Companies to meet business partners from Sri Lanka.
Special incentives such as a 25 percent discount on airfare on Sri Lankan Airlines and concessionary accommodation for 3 nights, etc. will be offered for potential Saudi businesses.
The sectors in focus are: information and communication technologies (ICTs), apparels, tourism, rubber-based products,
specialty food: tea and spices, manufacturing products and processed food.
South Asia’s most focused and largest international Boat Show and Fisheries Exhibition 2016 will also be held from Oct. 13 to Oct. 15 in Colombo and participants of the World Export Development Forum will be given an opportunity to visit this event as well.
Presentations on Investment opportunities in Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka product Exhibitions will also take place in parallel to WEDF 2016.
Investors and companies interested in taking part in these events can contact Gayan Rajapaksa/commercial secretary/Embassy of Sri Lanka in Riyadh (Tel: 011 4608251, mobile: 050 4481634 fax: 011-4608846, and e-mail: [email protected]/[email protected])


Oil prices rise on Iran sanctions worries, decline in Venezuelan output

Updated 26 April 2018
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Oil prices rise on Iran sanctions worries, decline in Venezuelan output

SINGAPORE: Oil prices rose on Thursday, supported by expectations the United States will re-impose sanctions against Iran, a decline in output in Venezuela and ongoing strong demand.
Brent crude oil futures were at 74.27 per barrel at 0643 GMT, up 27 cents, or 0.4 percent, from their last close.
US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were up 14 cents, or 0.2 percent, at $68.19 per barrel.
Traders said markets climbed on expectations that the United States will in May re-impose sanctions against Iran, a major oil producer and member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
French President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday that he expected US President Donald Trump to pull out of a deal with Iran reached in 2015, in which Iran suspended its nuclear program in return for western powers lifting crippling sanctions.
Trump will decide by May 12 whether to restore US sanctions on Tehran, which would likely result in a reduction of its oil exports.
Further pushing oil prices has been declining output in Venezuela, OPEC’s biggest producer in Latin America.
Venezuela’s crude production has fallen from almost 2.5 million barrels per day (bpd) in early 2016 to around 1.5 million bpd due to political and economic turmoil.
US oil major Chevron Corp. has evacuated executives from Venezuela after two of its workers were imprisoned over a contract dispute with state-owned oil company PDVSA.
Venezuela’s plunging output and looming US sanctions against Iran come against a backdrop of strong demand, especially in Asia, the world’s biggest oil consuming region.
However, not all market indicators point toward tighter supplies.
US crude oil inventories rose by 2.2 million barrels in the week to April 20, to 429.74 million barrels. That’s almost 10 million barrels above the five-year average.
US crude production climbed by 46,000 barrels per day (bpd) on the previous week, to 10.59 bpd. That’s an increase of more than a quarter since mid-2016.
American crude oil output has overtaken that of top exporter Saudi Arabia. Only Russia currently produces more, at around 11 million bpd.
The soaring US output has made WTI crude around $6 per barrel cheaper than Brent, the international benchmark for oil prices.
Dutch bank ING said “the wide discount for WTI to Brent saw exports rising 582,000 bpd week-on-week to a record high of 2.33 million bpd.”
With US output and exports surging, some analysts warn that the 20-percent climb in Brent prices since February is starting to look overdone.
“The market does look a little toppish,” said Greg McKenna, chief market strategist at futures brokerage AxiTrader.