High Commission of Sri Lanka in India

President's condolence message to the Indian Prime Minister on the air crash in Mangalore PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Saturday, 22 May 2010 09:26


H.E the President Mahinda Rajapaksa sent a condolence message to the Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh on the  air crash that took palce at Mangalore, India earlier today.

The full text of the message

22 May 2010

H.E. Dr. Manmohan Singh
Prime Minister of the Republic of India
New Delhi

The news of the grievous loss of life arising out of the aircraft crash in Mangalore early this morning has deeply saddened me and the people of my country.

On behalf of the Government and people of Sri Lanka, I offer sincere condolences to the families who lost loved ones in this accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with those injured and all the people of India on this difficult day.

Please accept Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration.

Mahinda Rajapaksa
Sri Lanka is ready to welcome IIFA Awards Ceremony PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Thursday, 20 May 2010 12:11

Addressing the third in a series of Press Meetings organized in New Delhi today (May 20th) to announce the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards in Sri Lanka, Deputy Minister of Economic Development Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said that with the dawn of new era Sri Lanka has great potential in expanding vistas in investment, tourism and other sectors that will immensely contribute towards the rapid development drive initiated by the government.

High Commissioner Prasad Kariyawasam, Sri Lanka’s envoy to India addressing the meeting said that Sri Lanka and India are bound by a common civilization. Sri Lanka just like India is a multi ethnic and multi cultural nation where four major religions and a number of ethnic groups now live harmoniously. He expressed the confidence that the IIFA in Sri Lanka will be a successful event and reassured that Colombo is ready to welcome the IIFA and said it is a grand home-coming for this mega event. 

Indian Cinema Super Star Anil Kapoor said that the IIFA’s journey over the last ten years has opened many doors for the Indian industry in the host country. He is excited about visiting Sri Lanka, for the first time, for the forthcoming IIFA Awards. Since the two nations share a lot in common, he expected that visiting Sri Lanka would be like a home-coming.

Sri Lankan Airlines Chairman Nishantha Wickramasinghe who  addressed the meeting said that the national carrier is proud to have been nominated as the official airline of the event.Legendary Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan, Director of Sri Lanka Cricket Suraj Dandeniya and Managing Director of Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau Dileep Mudadeniya also attended the meeting.


BOI signs a USD 5 million investment agreement PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Thursday, 20 May 2010 03:31

The Board of Investment of Sri Lanka granted investment approval to Alubond Australasia to commence operations under the BOI.

Mr. J.D. Bandaranayake after assuming duties as the BOI Chairman /Director General, signed the agreement on behalf of the BOI and formally presented the BOI Certificate of Registration to the investors.

The venture representing an investment of over US $ 5 million is sponsored by UAE based Eurocon Building Industries and Belize based Lofthouse Trading Inc. The venture will manufacture a range of Alubond
products for the export market. The venture will focus on global sourcing for aluminium colour coated coils.

The manufacturing plant established in the Industrial Estate, Seethawaka is expected to commence commercial operations within one year. Alubond Australasia is expected to provide 50 new employment opportunities. Directors of Alubond Australasia, N. K. Chadurvedi and Shajin Mulk signed the agreement on behalf on the venture.
G-15 has a crucial role to play in the contemporary world-Prof. G. L. Peiris PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Wednesday, 19 May 2010 10:43

President Mahinda Rajapaksa took over the Chairmanship of the G- 15 from President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran at the 14th G-15 Summit in Tehran, Iran on 17th May 2010, the Minister of External Affairs, Prof. G. L. Peiris stated at a media briefing held at the Ministry of External Affairs on 18th May 2010.

The Minister stressed that the G-15 has a critical role to play in the contemporary world and has the inherent strength to do so, comprising as it does 33% of the world’s population, 25% of the world’s crude oil producers and 27% of world exports in developing nations. The Membership of the G-15 also includes India, Brazil and Mexico: 3 of the 10 largest economies in the world.

Several themes dominated the 14th G-15 Summit and the Meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, which preceded it, said Prof. Peiris. The primary thrust of the discussions was that the developing world collectively has to pool its resources and strengths to further the interests of the people of these countries.

President proposes constructive dialogue with G 8 on development PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Tuesday, 18 May 2010 05:32

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has proposed that the G 15 worked very closely with the G 8 to promote constructive dialogue on all major aspects of development. He said a clear methodology needs to be worked out for this dialogue to be realistic and fruitful.

Addressing the G 15 Summit in Tehran, President Rajapaksa said that the G 15 with its unique composition representing about 33 % of the world population, with clearly identified objectives has the potential to play a constructive role in promoting people- centered development initiatives in global economic and social policy dialogues.

For this reason the G 15 stresses the need for reforms in the international financial architecture to better enable it to monitor, respond and to prevent financial and economic disasters. To attain this objective there must be an open, inclusive and transparent dialogue.

President Rajapaksa added, that the Bretton Woods Institutions when working with the developing countries should take into account their specific conditions as well as structural constraints they confront. ‘These Institutions should refrain from imposing conditionalities which we see in retrospect, did lead in their own way to fuelling the recent crisis,’ he continued.

President Rajapaksa also said ‘the developing world has not run away from its responsibility to contribute to the progressive liberalization of global trade. It is all the more regrettable that we are yet waiting the conclusion of the Doha Round of negotiations in the WTO and the delivery of its development mandate. The G 15 must remain firm that the final package should address the concerns of the developing countries.’

The Sri Lankan President stressed that there must be increased market access for the goods and services of export interest to us. They should not tie up with politically motivated conditionalities.

Referring to climate change President Rajapaksa said, ‘it is an issue towards which we in the developing world owe limited, if not little historical responsibility. It must be recognized that the present trend should lead to the reduction of the environmental and carbon emission space available for developing countries in such a manner as to impact on our entitlement to development. In this situation, it is the principles of equity and of common but differentiated responsibilities as enshrined in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change that provide the direction for our future guidance’.


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