Dinesh and Ranil discuss SL-UK investment ties

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Foreign Relations Minister Dinesh Gunawardena and Britain's International Trade Minister Ranil Jayawardena have discussed stepping up bilateral trade and investment and expanding the areas of cooperation, during a teleconference on Thursday.

The Foreign Relations Ministry in a statement said yesterday it was the first official meeting between the two ministers.

The statement said both Ministers have welcomed further consolidating the longstanding bilateral engagement through increased trade, security, research and training, science and technology and cultural cooperation, including people-to-people contacts.

“In particular, Ministers Gunawardena and Jayawardena have agreed on the need for close cooperation to address the challenges facing bilateral trade and investment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Both identified the importance of moving the supply chains and opening travel and tourism sectors to address pressing economic issues.

Opportunities for new export products to the British market from Sri Lanka were also discussed.

Recalling the shared values and interests between Britain and Sri Lanka as members of the Commonwealth, Minister Gunawardena reaffirmed Sri Lanka’s commitment to continue its active participation in the organisation.

Foreign Relations Minister Gunawardena extended an invitation for Minister Ranil Jayawardena to visit Sri Lanka at the earliest opportunity,” it said.

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  • Odin Saturday, 25 July 2020 06:15 AM

    Look out Dinesh, you may be out of a job soon!

    BigEars Saturday, 25 July 2020 06:57 AM

    The The UK is in a massive economic swell. Just wasting time to address the educated middle class which has been disappointed by the poor performance for the last nine months.

    Bhatiya Siriwardena Saturday, 25 July 2020 07:38 AM

    Better to invite him to come lead this country filled with corrupt politicians and officials

    Chux Saturday, 25 July 2020 09:37 AM

    Dinesh discussing business????????

    Avanthi DeAbrew Saturday, 25 July 2020 10:15 AM

    Chalk and Cheese No mutual intelligence or intellect at all I'm sure Ranil has far better things to concentrate on his constituency, its probably out of politeness he reluctantly tolerated Dinesh.

    Jeeves Saturday, 25 July 2020 12:36 PM

    Just remember, Minister Jayawardena may have a Sri Lankan surname, but he WORKS FOR the BRITISH GOVERNMENT, and will not do anything to jeopardise his career!

    CharmJD Saturday, 25 July 2020 01:00 PM

    This is great! Hope Bilateral ties between UK and SL will start to get stronger with this kind of steps. SL can get far more support from UK with various provisions available not only in terms of funds but also as knowledge share, especially in sectors like energy. (Although not an important thing to highlight when it comes to the context, it was a pleasant sentiment when you see both ministers had rhyming last names Gunewardena and Jayawardena!)

    Mandayan Saturday, 25 July 2020 02:48 PM

    Discuss double tax relief and the governmental assurances for Sri Lankan diaspora to invest in Sri Lanka. All there investments are going elsewhere due to Political Risks! Canadians invest in Dominican Republic and Europeans invest in Ghana. All the produces are sold as, ‘Sri Lankan‘ and the country is struggling. Two Sri Lankans were awarded for best agricultural produce exporters by Ghanaian govt.

    ala Saturday, 25 July 2020 05:06 PM

    Good luck Ranil

    Ayantha Kohamage Saturday, 25 July 2020 07:45 PM

    Dinesh, another corrupt joker who should have been kicked out of the parliament a long time ago. He has no credibility full of BS. Sad to have these nutcases represent us.

    Salva periri Saturday, 25 July 2020 09:07 PM

    Sri Lanka cant do or make any deals without the permission of China or else UK will never thought of creating a free trade deal rather than a cheaper Sri lankan airline flight for tourism is all they can do just make rich more richer and poor more poorer... Sri lankan has lost investment from UK mainly after Sri lanka Easter sunder attack shows the lack of security in minority groups like Christian's.


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