New FM vows to change
Sri Lankaís perception among Intíl community
By Franklin. R. Satyapalan

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 created".

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".



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