Kiwi biz show keen in­ter­est to in­vest in lo­cal health­care

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - HEALTHCARE -

As part of the New Zealand busi­ness del­e­ga­tion, three New Zealand med­i­cal tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies in Colombo last week met with Health, Nu­tri­tion and Indige­nous Medicine Deputy Min­is­ter Faizal Cas­sim and Min­istry Sec­re­tary Janaka Su­gath­adasa.

Present at the meet­ing were rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Medtech Global, Fisher & Paykel Health­care and Adin­stru­ments, rep­re­sented in Sri Lanka by Delmege Forsyth.

“New Zealand’s in­no­va­tive and ef­fi­cient prod­uct so­lu­tions and demon­strated ca­pa­bil­i­ties in niche prod­ucts, mean the coun­try is well placed to pro­vide prac­ti­cal, easy-to-use and cost-ef­fec­tive so­lu­tions that im­prove clin­i­cal out­comes around the world,” said Trade Com­mis­sioner for Sri Lanka Ralph Hays, who led the 20-mem­ber del­e­ga­tion to Colombo last week.

In­creas­ing health­care costs is a chal­lenge fac­ing all na­tions and the need to de­liver more care at a lower cost is uni­ver­sal.

Dis­cus­sions with the Health Min­istry sec­re­tary were fo­cused on op­por­tu­ni­ties and ar­eas of in­ter­est and col­lab­o­ra­tion, while the del­e­gates em­pha­sized their in­ter­est in part­ner­ing with and in­vest­ing in Sri Lanka’s health­care in­dus­try.

This was a com­mon fo­cus among the New Zealand com­pa­nies in Sri Lanka last week, who are look­ing to strengthen busi­ness con­nec­tions with Sri Lanka ahead of the New Zealand High Com­mis­sion open­ing in Colombo in 2019.

New Zealand is in­creas­ingly rec­og­nized in­ter­na­tion­ally as a provider of high-qual­ity and ef­fec­tive ser­vices and prod­ucts in health IT and med­i­cal tech­nol­ogy. The coun­try has a par­tic­u­lar ex­per­tise in health in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy, with so­lu­tions that work across the con­tin­uum of care from hos­pi­tals and com­mu­nity clin­ics to telemedicine and home care.

Medtech Global Lim­ited pro­vides ad­vanced prac­tice man­age­ment soft­ware and state-of-the-art so­lu­tions that en­able health pro­fes­sion­als to de­liver im­proved care and for pa­tients to man­age their health and well-be­ing.

Fisher & Paykel Health­care is a lead­ing de­signer, man­u­fac­turer and mar­keter of med­i­cal de­vice prod­ucts and sys­tems for use in res­pi­ra­tory care, acute care and the treat­ment of ob­struc­tive sleep ap­nea. Adin­stru­ments cre­ates sim­ple, flex­i­ble tools to help sci­en­tists and ed­u­ca­tors record and an­a­lyse data quickly and ef­fi­ciently.

This lat­est visit by New Zealand com­pa­nies is the fourth to Sri Lanka in as many years and the 13 New Zealand com­pa­nies, who rep­re­sent a di­verse range of sec­tors in­clud­ing health­care, ICT, spe­cial­ized man­u­fac­tur­ing, de­sign and con­struc­tion, marine and avi­a­tion train­ing, en­joyed a pro­duc­tive three days in Colombo.

Zar­rjun Aboobucker of Health, Nu­tri­tion and Indige­nous Medicine Min­istry, N.S. Pi­raveen­raj of Adin­stru­ments/delmege Forsyth, Var­sha Bhosle of NZTE, Cher­ryl Ro­drigo of Cey­lon Cham­ber of Com­merce, Sreed­har Venka­tram of NZTE, Col Parthasarathy of Medtech...

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