Ambassador M. Rizvi Hassen during his visit to Bursa on 24th and 25th of September 2021 met with Governor of Bursa Yakup Canbolat, Mayor of Metropolitan Municipality of Bursa Alinur Aktaş and ruling Justice & Development party (AK Parti) Bursa based parliamentarians to establish links and cooperation with region of Bursa to enhance bilateral trade, investment, tourism, Cultural and people to people contacts between Sri Lanka & Turkey. Both the Governor and the Mayor requested the Ambassador to introduce a province in Sri Lanka with similar set up to link and build up cooperation under Sister City programme. Ambassador and the Governor exchanged strategies to identify areas that can establish links. The Governor also invited Sri Lankan student to explore opportunities offered by the Bursa based Universities.
Ambassador visited the Bursa Chamber of Commerce and Industry for round table meeting with Mr. Ismail Kuş, Acting Chairman of the Board of Directors and members of the trade chamber. Ambassador also made field visit to manufacturing plant of the Karsan Automotive Industry and Trade Inc. Mr. Alper Bulucu, Deputy General Manager accompany the Ambassador to the Karson’s electronic commuter bus manufacturing site and provided details technical capacity and countries that they supply commuter buses in Asian and European region.
Later Ambassador paid visits to Prof. Dr. A. Saim Kılavuz, Rector of Uludağ University and Prof. Dr. Arif Karademir, Rector of Bursa Technical University. Ambassador discussed academic, students exchanges and ways & means to conduct joint researches between Sri Lankan universities.
Ambassador also joined the opening ceremony of Honorary Consulate Office of Sri Lanka in Bursa on 25th of September 2021. The Deputy Chairman & Head of the Foreign Affairs the AK Parti, Efkan Ala Mayor of Bursa Alinur Aktas and many parliamentarian & distinguish guests representing governorate of Bursa attended the event. Ambassador officially handed over the Commission of Appointment to Mr. Ahmet Yıldız, first Honorary Consul appointed to Bursa.
Minister Counselor (Commercial) Ms. Yoshitha Jayasuriya, and Public Relations Officer & Interpreter Ms. Betül Elif Uğramaz accompanied the Ambassador for the events and meetings.