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Third Reading of Budget 2018: Speech delivered by Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Finance and Media on 09th December 2017

Hon. Chairman,

I am delighted to begin my speech with the good news that today we received US$ 292 million as the first tranche of the Hambantota Port PPP joint venture. This is but the first step in realizing the true commercial value of the Port after 7 long years.

The joint venture PPP partnership with China Merchant Port Holdings (CMPH), a member of China Merchant Group which owns a network of 49 ports across Asia, Africa, Europe and the Mediterranean, will enable Hambantota Port to benefit from the broader trade and shipping network that CMPH will provide access to.

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Visit of the Prime Minister of Malaysia to Sri Lanka

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At the invitation of President Maithripala Sirisena, the Prime Minister of Malaysia Dato' Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak will undertake an official visit to Sri Lanka from 17-19 December 2017. The visit is of special significance in the context of the growing bilateral partnership between the two countries, and in the backdrop of Sri Lanka and Malaysia celebrating the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. 

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Sri Lanka: A Land of Business Opportunities

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“Sri Lanka is a country of smiling people, when you go there once, you want to go again and again”, reminiscenced a young Vietnamese entrepreneur, who attended the Sri Lanka Business Conclave themed “SRI LANKA: Hub of the Indian Ocean-The Land of Business Opportunities” on 30th November 2017 at the Rex Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, having visited Sri Lanka recently. Yet another participant from the US, Ms. Sue McKinney, an attorney and a business consultant working and living in Viet Nam for over 20 years, was much vocal in sharing her fascination of Sri Lanka, especially noting her pleasant surprise when she received her visa within a few minutes of applying. 

Read more: Sri Lanka: A Land of Business Opportunities

 

Sri Lanka gifts a plot of land for a new Chancery Building for the State of Palestine

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tilak Marapana, this morning, 8 December, handed over the deed for a plot of land – No. 4, Hewa Avenue, Colombo 7 – to the Ambassador for the State of Palestine to Sri Lanka, Zuhair M.H. Zaid. The plot of land is a gift from Sri Lanka to the State of Palestine to build its new Chancery in Colombo.

Read more: Sri Lanka gifts a plot of land for a new Chancery Building for the State of Palestine

 

State Minister for Foreign Affairs attends Bali Democracy Forum in Jakarta

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State Minister for Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake attended the 10th Bali Democracy Forum (BDF-X) in Jakarta on 7th December 2017. Speaking at the Ministerial Panel of BDF-X, the State Minister observed that the Forum is significant to Sri Lanka as the current national unity government is taking a number of measures to reinforce democracy by addressing diversity, security, equality and social justice of the people under the theme of good governance. He added that the government also restored freedom of expression and media freedom, which are two crucial pillars of democracy. The State Minister also highlighted the firm commitment of the government to strengthen, uphold, promote and protect equity and social justice in Sri Lanka with a resolve to achieving reconciliation, ensuring durable peace and non-recurrence of violence, promotion and protection of human rights, ending impunity and upholding the rule of law, and strengthening good governance and democracy and equitable and inclusive development.

Read more: State Minister for Foreign Affairs attends Bali Democracy Forum in Jakarta

 

Sri Lanka Delegation at UNEA Highlight Blue Green Enterprise Sri Lanka

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The 3rdSession of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) held from 4th to 6th December 2017, unanimously approved two important resolutions co-sponsored by Sri Lanka that called upon the global community to reduce toxic pollution sources that impact negatively on the environment, oceans and human health. 

Read more: Sri Lanka Delegation at UNEA Highlight Blue Green Enterprise Sri Lanka

   

Ukraine and Sri Lanka exchange Instruments of Ratification on Bilateral Treaties

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Ambassador for Ukraine to Sri Lanka, resident in New Delhi, Igor Polika, and Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka Prasad Kariyawasam exchanged Instruments of Ratification of the ‘Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters’ and the ‘Treaty on Transfer of Sentenced Persons’ this morning at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Colombo. 

Read more: Ukraine and Sri Lanka exchange Instruments of Ratification on Bilateral Treaties

   

Messages of H.E. the President and Hon. Prime Minister for Meelad–un–Nabi

H.E the President’s Meelad–un–Nabi Message

Sri Lanka is a country where people of different communities, cultures and religions live in peace and harmony. It demonstrates the joys of humanity in diversity living in coexistence and harmony. Read more…… 

Hon. Prime Minister’s Meelad–un–Nabi Message

Muslims all over the world believe that Prophet Mohamed was the Last Prophet, the one who preached a message of goodwill and peace to the world. Read more……

   

29 More Acres Released to the Public in Jaffna

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Sri Lanka Army, accommodating the concerns of the public and local politicians in the area further, the Security Force Headquarters – Jaffna (SFHQ-J) on Thursday (30) released one more land patch of 29 acres within the J/244 Vasavilan Grama Niladari sector, including the Roman Catholic Tamil Mixed School and Our Lady of Mary Carmel Church that borders the Army Cantonment in Palaly.

Read more: 29 More Acres Released to the Public in Jaffna

   

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