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Foreign Minister seeks assistance to boost FDIs

 

Foreign Ministry officials and Honorary Consuls at the meeting on 11 January

Minister of Foreign Affairs Dinesh Gunawardena sought the assistance of the Honorary Consuls based in Colombo to encourage foreign investors to invest in Sri Lanka. The Minister made this request at a meeting held on 11 January 2021 with the Honorary Consuls based in Colombo. The meeting was held in compliance with the Covid-19 health guidelines.

Gunawardena reiterated the importance of assisting each other to revive the world economy as a collective effort amidst the pandemic. Furthermore, Foreign Secretary Admiral Prof. Jayanath Colombage, speaking to the gathering, explained that the weather conditions of the previous year had a positive impact on the tea production of the country. Hence, Sri Lanka is in an advantageous position to market its quality tea worldwide.

State Minister Tharaka Balasuriya also explained the State Ministry’s role of positively promoting regional co-operation under three pillars, in line with the vision and guidance of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The State Minister expressed hope on the assistance of all stakeholders concerned towards this endeavour.

The meeting also created a platform for a dialogue between the Honorary Consuls and Foreign Ministry officials on current topics which included ways and means of bringing investors to Sri Lanka during the period of the pandemic, opening the airport for tourists, and the new Foreign Policy of Sri Lanka.