Basil meets foreign diplomats in Colombo

Release time:2021-07-15 Publisher:Lanka Voice

Newly appointed Minister of Finance Basil Rajapaksa has met with a number of Ambassadors and High Commissioners in Colombo.
The Ministry of Finance in a statement said Finance Minister Rajapaksa met with Ambassadors of the United States, China, Russia, Germany and the European Union and High Commissioners of the United Kingdom and India at the Finance Ministry premises.
During talks, Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa has said while implementing the Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour policy more focus will be given to creating a green economy and will seek the support for the Renewable Energy promotion program.
The High Commissioner of the United Kingdom Sarah Hulton and the Ambassador of the European Union Denis Chaibi have meanwhile expressed their appreciation for the government’s interest in the promotion of renewable energy and a green economy.
Indian High Commissioner Gopal Baglay has said he is pleased that Sri Lanka’s economic growth had maintained at around 4.7% in the first quarter despite the COVID-19 pandemic and was expected to grow to 5.5% in the future.
The Indian High Commissioner has consented to further enhance bilateral trade ties.
Chinese Ambassador Qi Zhenhong has notified Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa that China will continue to provide the vaccination facilities currently provided to Sri Lanka as required and is ready to link China’s top investors to the Hambantota Industrial Zone.
Ambassador Qi Zhenhong added that China expects Sri Lanka’s economy in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic to return to normal promptly.
Meanwhile, German Ambassador Holger Lothar Seubert said that his government hopes to enhance the facilities of the existing German technical colleges in the country and provide the necessary assistance to attract investors to small and medium scale industries.
US Ambassador Alaina Teplitz has said the United States is ready to further enhance bilateral cooperation and work with Sri Lanka in mutual understanding.
Welcoming the government’s Green Economy Program, the US Ambassador has said she will look into the possibility of attracting investors to the LNG energy project.
Russian Ambassador Yuri B. Materiy who was also part of the meeting with Minister Basil Rajapaksa has said that the Russian government would continue to support the vaccination program.
The Russian Ambassador has indicated that the focus will be on formulating a joint program for the production of vaccines.

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