By Franklin. R.
Sri Lankas new Foreign Minister, Rohitha
Bogollagama yesterday, vowed to change the perception of Sri
Lanka among the international community and introduce new
technology to promote, investment, trade, export and economic
development, through the Foreign Ministry.
"I strongly believe that we must be realistic and change with
the times as lessons of the past have shown that greater changes
made all the difference", he said on assuming duties at the
Ministry on Tuesday morning. Also assuming office was the new
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Hussein Ahamad Bhaila and
Foreign Secretary Dr. Palitha. T. B. Kohona and at hand to
welcome them was the former Foreign Minister and Presidential
Advisor PC Tyrone Fernando and Additional Secretary of the
Foreign Office T. B. Maduwegedera.
Minister Bogollagama said that keeping these in mind, "I want
to fashion the pathway, the forward march of Sri Lankas
Development Agency and Political Dimension that had been
We have not attempted enough to change with the times. The
other day during the Donor Conference in Galle, when asked we
did not have a CD to highlight the Tsunami Development, is that
how we face an International event of that kind".
"The organizers donít understand as we have not communicated
to them enough, in terms of where we stand. Our point of view,
is all that matters".
"As the Minister of Foreign Affairs I would like to have a
system where we can have results, people have told me even the
Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh said that he
believes in terms of a structured approach and business line
development. In terms of our foreign related Trade Development
and in terms of our Bi-lateral Trade and Bi-lateral relations,
should be measured on a quarterly basis, so that any
shortcomings in relation to our decisions can be corrected. We
could have this system in the Foreign Office. We hope to have
Electronic Diary systems, so that so that I could keep track of
the progress in our missions in terms of their daily pursuits,
monthly pursuits, annual pursuits and wherever I am in the world
I would be having hourly talks with the missions from the world
over to reach me at that time".