Japan has initiated talks with Sri Lanka and India on the development of the strategically-located Trincomalee Port, Ambassador Kenichi Suganuma said.
He told a group of journalists that Trincomalee was an important, strategically located deep sea port and had a lot of potential for development.
The Ambassador said Japan had agreed to supply navigation buoys with electronically communicable devises for the facilitation of naval movements in the harbour in the night. "We have begun discussions with India on how best to develop the port in the future. There are no concrete plans yet,” he said.
The Ambassador said trilateral discussions were being held among Sri Lanka, Japan and India for the generation of energy using environmentally-friendly Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).
“Sri Lanka’s demand for power is on the rise. We have started talks with India for trilateral cooperation,” he said.
Commenting on Japanese-funded projects in Sri Lanka, he said his country’s investment amounted to Rs.1.8 trillion.
“The overall assessment is that these projects are good. They contributed to the development of the country. We have a system of evaluating the results by a third-party committee. The recommendations are favourable. I am very glad that wherever I go and speak to people, they sound happy. We have many other projects such as cultural exchanges. These are also well received by the Sri Lankan people,” the Ambassador said.
He said his country needed to be selective and focus on certain areas as it could not do everything.
“In the case of Sri Lanka, we have three sectors. One is high quality infrastructure to boost Sri Lanka's growth, particularly in the area of exports. Secondly, the reduction of income disparities is there, particularly in regard to the vulnerable segments of society. We have to remedy this. Then, the reduction of social vulnerabilities such as floods and landslides are there. This is about official development. We also promote Japanese private investment,” the Ambassador said. (Kelum Bandara)
Roy Wednesday, 6 September 2017 09:18
I don't understand why Japan need to discuss with India regarding a project in Sri lanka. This shows to which extent we have been dominated by India. So much for sovereignty.
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BuffaloaCitizen Wednesday, 6 September 2017 12:40
The majority 3-wheeler driver level educated in this country may not know, but that is way international relationships work.
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Ramith Wednesday, 6 September 2017 09:50
Why talks with India ?
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Mr Soma Rajaratnam Wednesday, 6 September 2017 09:52
Why not develop KKS port ? Somu
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Ruwan Wednesday, 6 September 2017 10:04
Why India Do it by yourself. Japan can do it. via DM Android App
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Dr Adams Wednesday, 6 September 2017 10:07
We ( all Sri Lankans ) all know the Japanese always was and is a wonderful close Friend of Sri Lanka, and they always has stepped in to help us,we do appreciate your kindness Hon, Ambassador Kenichi Suganuma,.thanksDr Adams
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ravin Wednesday, 6 September 2017 10:46
Did the ambassador do what SL politicians do ? Few days ago he made a another statement. check same paper few days back
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ceylon Wednesday, 6 September 2017 11:47
why talking to india . because today india is a world power.7th largest economy in world.4th military power in world.south asias main foreign aids come from india. via DM Android App
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BuffaloaCitizen Wednesday, 6 September 2017 12:45
What you stated now is not understood by majority who have limited brains, that is why our recent statistics state the preferred job for men is driving 3-wheelers.
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LionKing Wednesday, 6 September 2017 12:47
Even the japanese need to go to India first before making changes in Sri Lanka look where this Government has gotten us into.
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Hautaum Wednesday, 6 September 2017 14:03
H.Port, 2nd Int Airport, Port city, now , will develop T- Port.Are they really wanted through economy? otherwise, we do these things others agenda?? As we do not have proper drainage, garbage and Housing system and still importing rise and commodities.
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sach Wednesday, 6 September 2017 14:29
RW by giving away Hambanthota to china and Trinco to India and Japan will be inviting a lot of trouble for this country.
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Mason Wednesday, 6 September 2017 18:12
What is good for China is good for Japan and India too. PM, you're the one responsible for the sale to China. We are waiting to see whether you are partial or impartial.
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