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The Seventh Session of the EEC-Sri Lanka Joint Commission was held in Colombo on 11 and 12 March 1985. The Sri Lanka delegation was led by Mr. G. Cumaranatunge, Acting Secretary, Ministry of Trade and Shipping who also chaired the meeting. The Community delegation was led by Mr. Volpi, Director in the Directorate-General for External Relations. The Joint Commission reviewed recent developments in the economies of the Community and Sri Lanka and noted an estimated growth rate in the Sri Lankan economy in 1984 of 6%. The Joint Commission noted that the Community remains Sri Lanka's biggest trading partner (accounting for about 16% of her total trade in 1984) and that mutual trade continued to expand. The Joint Commission also noted increased use by Sri Lanka of the Community's GSP scheme and the satisfactory functioning of the bilateral textile agreement. The Joint Commission reviewed the trade promotion programme undertaken with Sri Lanka which in 1984 included the financing of an adviser for the Sri Lanka Mission in Brussels, promotion in the jewellery and tea sectors and training with the Irish Export Board. Further actions to be implemented in 1985 were considered in accordance with Sri Lankan priorities. In the field of economic cooperation, the Joint Commission considered the final phases of the projects on promoting Community investments in Sri Lanka in the rubber and jewellery sectors and the prospects for follow-up activities. Two new sectors were discussed for industrial cooperation : toys and handicrafts and certain branches of the electronics sector. framework of the contract financed by the Community for a senior energy adviser to the government of Sri Lanka. It noted that, drawing on this experience, the EEC would sponsor a South Asia Regional Seminar on Energy later this year. With regard to development cooperation, the Joint Commission noted that in addition to the initial allocation of 15.4 million ECU Sri Lanka has benefited from a second tranche of 20 million ECU in favour of the Mahaweli Ganga scheme. 30 000 tons of cereals ./. 2. have been delivered and an allocation of 400 tons of skimmed milk powder has been made under the 1984 food aid programme. The Community undertook to consider for future implementation new projects of financial and technical assistance to be presented in the near future by Sri Lanka. The Community also undertook to continue food aid in cereals in 1985 and, in addition, reiterated its intention to participate with other donors in the dairy project as defined by the World Bank. The Joint Commission was held in an atmosphere of cordiality and reflected efforts on both sides to make progress on matters of common concern.