Do more to attract investors: British HC

2017-12-21 20:11:17

The Government should take more steps, similar to the ones it took in the budget, to make Sri Lanka an easier place investors to do business and win their confidence, the British High Commissioner said today.

In his Christmas and New Year message to Sri Lankans, High Commissioner James Dauris also said he was encouraged that there would be local government elections in February, next year.

“Lots more women than before are going to be standing – something for us all to welcome. It is going to be important for the Government to push forward with steps that will move on its Geneva commitments quickly,” he said.

The High Commissioner said they shared the welcome given by Sri Lankans to all the steps taken over the year to help achieve and advance reconciliation between communities.

“It is to the government’s credit that the Right to Information Act came into force, that Sri Lanka again committed itself to advancing reconciliation and accountability at the United Nations, that President Maithripala Sirisena approved the Act establishing the Office of Missing Persons, that it deposited its accession to the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture and that it signed the Ottawa Convention,” he said.

Meanwhile, he said UK’s relationship with Sri Lanka has continued to flourish over the past 12 months.

“The relationship that Sri Lanka and the UK enjoy is long-standing, broad and enduring. We can see this reflected in what we’ve been doing in 2017. Take business for example. British Companies have been winning new business, investing in Sri Lanka and creating new jobs for Sri Lankans,” High Commissioner Dauris said.

He said regardless of our faith, whether we are Christian or Buddhist, Hindu or Muslim, each year Christmas brings us a message based on values that most of us share: a message of peace, joy and new beginnings, of tolerance, community and forgiveness.

“I’m sure you will share my hope that we will see these values prosper in the year ahead, and our communities grow stronger and happier for it. I wish you a joyful Christmas, and success in the coming year,” he said.

  Comments - 9

  • ceylon Thursday, 21 December 2017 20:07

    good advice.lankan brainless leaders dont know even this.they impose all the disturbs to chase away foreign investors.lanka need to import brainy politicians. via DM Android App

    Reply : 5       18

    ceylon Thursday, 21 December 2017 20:11

    very pleasent gentlenan.lankan people have good friends world over.but lankan politicians dont have such friends. via DM Android App

    Reply : 5       14

    Unchikun Thursday, 21 December 2017 20:28

    Yes Sir, we are trying hard to generate investor interest. We robbed the Central Bank and are now looking for other options.

    Reply : 8       14

    Shri Thursday, 21 December 2017 20:28

    How can the Government attract FDI’s when you have a BOI who are chasing away foreign investors Firstly get rid of the Director General of the BOI who is working against the Government and working for the JO

    Reply : 7       14

    Mandayan Thursday, 21 December 2017 20:50

    First of Sri Lanka should attract its own wealthy citizens in the a west to invest back home.

    Reply : 3       20

    samjay Thursday, 21 December 2017 21:16

    WHY DON'T YOU REVEAL THE REAL STATEMENT ISSUED BY SIR NASBEY ABOUT THE DEATH TOLL DURING THE FINAL STAGES OF THE WAR. that is more important than anything else. why you guys are hiding it. if you guys really love srilanka's development come forward with that statement and proved the world that Srilankans are a nation with a real backbone to battle and defeat terrorists not innocent people. this hidden report in UK is the most important report to prove the world your straight forwardness as well.

    Reply : 20       10

    Mandayan Thursday, 21 December 2017 22:50

    Which world you are in? Do you think, the SL government publishes a statement made in Parliament by, say Wimal Weerawansa. Lord Nasby is in UK’s House of Lords and his statement has nothing to with the UK government. All In the Cabinet and the Government are in UK’s House of Commons.

    Reply : 8       12

    Lara Thursday, 21 December 2017 21:55

    We have been dealing a bad hand to our own entrepreneurs and been waiting for these foreign investors to come and do the hard work from 1977. Time to forget these angels and look inwards like how Japan, Korea did.

    Reply : 2       19

    Justica USA Friday, 22 December 2017 04:21

    Why make an event with a Religious touch, a political one? SL wouldnt have had the need to attract much investors had your firefathers not stolen the wealth n treasures of SL. Whats happening in UK is not 100% beneficial to its citizenry, keep your house in order b4 u point finger at others ,1 is pointing out while 4 are pointing back towards u. Yall need to stop bullying tiny nations to bloat your ego. GROBR.

    Reply : 8       2

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