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The Central Bank plans to develop the payment mechanism through the electronic method.

The Central Bank plans to introduce a new mechanism for all payment transactions through modern electronic method. The mechanism will put in place during this year. The main objective of this project is to create a cashless environment or to avoid liquid cash transactions in day-to-day work.

The project is also designed to develop the national payment scheme as well. Accordingly, the public servants and the government organizations are expected to adopt this method upon introduction to the country.

Irrigation Minister assures all necessary facilities are provided to the farmers amidst prevailing drought condition.

The Minister of Irrigation Gamini Vijith Vijayamuni soyza assures that all necessary facilities will be provided to the farmers amidst the prevailing drought condition. The Minister further said that well water facilities will be provided to the farmers to protect their cultivation lands.

The Minister requests the general public and the farmers to use the water sparingly as the prevailing drought condition will continue for the next two months. Minister also requested the cultivators and farmers to focus on alternative crops which can be grown under these conditions. As a result the farmers can earn money for their living even at this difficult situation.

The World Economic Forum praises Prime Minister’s proposal on a high level meeting involving European – Asian trade ministers

The World Economic Forum praises a proposal submitted by Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe on a high level meeting involving European – Asian trade ministers.

Executive Chairman of the Forum Klaus Schwab expressed his readiness represent the body in the meeting. He was speaking after meeting the Prime Minister. The meeting took place in Davos, in the sidelines of World Economic Forum sessions.

Mr. Schwab insisted the need for a proper guidance in order to strengthen the goals of the forum. He praised Sri Lanka for entering into a correct economical path. In return, Prime Minister Wickremasinghe thanked the Chairman for supporting Sri Lanka’s endeavors.

Swiss President welcomes government’s efforts to make Sri Lanka a peaceful and a prosperous country.

President of Swiss Confederation Doris Leuthard praises the programme initiated by Sri Lankan government to make the country more peaceful and prosperous.

The President said that Switzerland is ready to provide utmost support to reach these goals. She was speaking after the meeting with Sri Lankan delegation headed by Ranil Wickremasinghe at her official residence at Davos.

Present government of Sri Lanka is pursuing a programme to strengthen the democracy and good governance. The government aims to build Sri Lanka as a powerful country, she added. The Swiss President also praised Sri Lankan government for its efforts to strengthen the bilateral relationship.

She explained in detail about investments made by multinational companies like Nesle in Sri Lanka, while saying that Sri Lankan traditional Ayurvedic medicinal practices are becoming famous among Swiss residents.

Prime Minister Wickremasinghe explained about national programmes initiated by the government to make the country more powerful. He also apprised her on progressive steps taken under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena .

Foreign ministers of Sri Lanka and Sweden conclude their bilateral meeting in a successful manner.

Sri Lankan and Sweden foreign ministers conclude their meeting very successfully.

Minister Mangala Samaraweera met Swedish Foreign Affairs minister Margot Wallström on her invitation. The meeting marked a special occasion since a Sri Lankan minister visiting the Scandinavian country after three decades.

The Foreign Affairs Ministry of Sri Lanka says that both ministers discussed about many issues including climate change and current global trends. They also exchanged ideas on GSP plus tax concession and enhancing reconciliation. Both ministers focused their attention on investments, marketing, IT services and research and development between the two countries.

The President looks into the possibilities of providing relief for the drought stricken people .

A ministerial level discussion was held at the president’s house this morning under the patronage of president Maithripala Sirisena to look into the feasibilities to provide necessary relief for the drought stricken people.

The presidents also stated that it is in need of forming a committee comprising the ministries of electricity, Mahaweli and water supply in order to take immediate relief action. A lengthy discussion was held to implement programmes in future to face the existing dry weather situation.

Attention was given to conserve water sources. The president also stressed the need to renovate canals affected by the drought. He also pointed out that awareness programmes of the public in utilizing water sparingly are essential.

Microsoft Company helps to speed up computer literacy and digitalization in Sri Lanka

The Microsoft company has come forward to support and provide technical guidance to accelerate digitalization and computer literacy in Sri Lanka. Chairman of the company Jean Phillip Courtois pledged their utmost support when he met the Sri Lankan delegation yesterday headed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe. He pointed out that there will be paperless offices in future .

Therefore, the we all must focus attention to that phenomena. Expressing views at this meeting minister Harin Fernando said that Sri Lanka has well realized this fact and preliminary measures has already been taken to meet this end. With the digital transformation all offices in Sri Lanka will become more efficient and competitive.
Prime Minister Wickremasinghe also met the head of reputed international pharmaceutical company Novartz, Dr. Mrs. Petra Locks. She said that their company is ready to provide required technology and guidance to manufacture quality pharmaceutical in Sri Lanka. It is better to manufacture simple drugs locally and more complex pharmaceuticals internationally. Prime Minister said that Sri Lankan government has focused attention to manufacture high quality drugs in Sri Lanka as well.

The Government stressed that anybody can express their views regarding the proposed Draft of constitution as the government is ready to prepare them more transparent manner.

Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne says that the EU has not presented any condition in regaining GSP plus facility to Sri Lanka.  At a cabinet press briefing held today the minister was replying to a question raised by the media.  Commenting on the proposed constitution the minister says only a Draft has been prepared now and anybody can express their views in parliament.

 All political parties that represent the parliament have contributed in preparing the Draft.  He added that the world has recognized Sri Lanka as a model of country that march forward democracy. The 2017/2021 national human rights action plan  presented by the acting foreign minister Dr. Harsha de Silva. The government has also decided to ban the bottom trawling fishing method using mechanical boats within  Sri Lanka’s sea area.  A Bill to make provision in this regard will be presented to the minister by the minister Mahinda Amaraweera.

The government has focused on improving the quality of services provided by the three=wheelers and vans that are used in transporting school children.  This year budget has proposed to set up a regulatory authority in this sector.  A committee comprising secretaries of ministries will be appointed to study  report the cabinet the matters related to implementation of this proposal. The cabinet of minister has approved this proposal presented by Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva.

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