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The Pakistan Prime Minister points out the need of a trade agreement with Sri Lanka.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says Pakistan wished to see South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation a vibrant regional organisation and was fully committed to the principles and objectives of the SAARC charter. Talking to his Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe in Davos, the prime minister said that Pakistan strongly wants peace and cooperation in South Asia.

The Pakistani Prime Minister said that security and stability are vital for eradication of poverty and development of the area. He said Pakistan wants friendly relations with all the regional countries. He said Islamabad wishes people of the regional countries should reap fruit of regional cooperation.
Sri Lankan Prime Minister expressed the desire to increase cooperation with Pakistan in the fields of defense and trade. He called for taking steps to increase bilateral trade.

Foreign minister meets several state leaders in Sweden.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera is currently engaged in an official tour to Sweden . He has held discussions with the Swedish Deputy Prime Minister Izebela Lovin. The two parties focused attention on climate change and international relations. The foreign minister also met the foreign affairs minister of Sweden Margret Walston and explained the present situation in Sri Lanka to her.The two Ministers discussed the Sri Lankan Government’s three pillared structure of Democratisation, Reconciliation and Development that would reinforce nation-building as well as ways and means of strengthening bilateral relations.
They also focused on the European Commission’s proposal to restore the GSP + facility to Sri Lanka.

The work plan of establishing sustainable development school societies will commence today under the patronage of the President.

The work plan of establishing sustainable development school societies will commence today under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. The inaugural ceremony will be held at Digana, Kengalla Maha Vidyalaya today.

The main objective of this programme is to educate the school children on developing the nation through sustainable development policies. The programme will also emphasize the importance of adopting sustainable development mechanisms in day-to-day life. The school societies are expected to take this concept forward among the school children. The school societies will be setup in 3,409 schools Island wide.

A new chairman appointed to police commission.

G.H Manathunga has appointed as the new chairman of the National Police Commission. Mr. Manathunga received his appointment letter from President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday.

Mr. Manathunga is considered as the most senior officer serving in the commission for long time.

President advices senior officials that a pragmatic plan on agriculture sector will provide fruitful results.

President Maithripala Sirisena advices senior officials that a pragmatic plan on agriculture sector will provide fruitful results. The president also emphasizes that a practically viable solutions should be provided to farmers and cultivators to yield better results in agriculture sector. President Maithripala Sirisena made these remarks at a meeting held with the officials of Ministry of Agriculture at R. Premadasa International Stadium yesterday.

The president further said it is important to carryout the cultivation activities with the aim of achieving sustainable development. This year has been declared as the year of alleviating poverty. Therefore, it is important for the ministry to focus its development plans with the objective of reducing the poverty among the general public. The activity of the ministry is felt far important at this juncture since the country is going through a lean period with the prevailing drought condition.

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.

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