PB meets Japan’s senior most technocrats


Secretary, Ministry of Finance & Planning, Dr. P.B. Jayasundera, and a high level delegation from the Ministry of Finance visited Japan in order to call on senior technocrats as well as to participate at the Sri Lanka Investment Seminar organized by Japan External Trade Organization [JETRO] in close collaboration with the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Tokyo and Tokyo Chamber of Commerce.Secretary Dr.Jayasundera was invited by the Japan International Cooperation Agency [JICA].

Secretary Dr.Jayasundera, along with Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda, Ambassador of Sri Lanka in Japan, called on the Vice Minister of Ministry of Finance; Vice Minister of Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport & Tourism [MLIT]; Senior Vice President and Vice President of JICA;and other senior most officials from the JETRO and Ministries of Economy, Trade & Industry [METI] and Foreign Affairs. Secretary Dr.Jayasundera also conducted discussions with the Academy of Financial Services [AFS] Support Committee in Japan and JICA, which was attended by a number of senior technocrats and academics from Japan. The objectives of the AFS are to train and to equip mid to senior level officials of the Ministry of Finance and of other Government Institutions in Sri Lanka.

During the meetings of Secretary Dr.Jayasundera and delegation,he discussed and broached the economic advancement of the country in the post-conflict era, dynamics of the Overseas Development Assistance [ODA] as well as the diversification of portfolio extended by the Government of Japan, promotion and potential of tourism from Japan to Sri Lanka, enhancement of economic and investment cooperation, and the intrinsic utility of the Sri Lanka based AFS, among others. Further, Secretary Dr.Jayasundera was the Chief Guest and the keynote speaker at the Sri Lanka Investment Seminar at the JETRO. Nearly 250 potential and current investors and businessleaders of Japan attended the said Seminar.

The senior technocrats, whom Secretary Dr.Jayasundera met, expressed satisfaction of the rapid economic trajectory of Sri Lanka and were receptive to extend due cooperation and assistance for the progression of Sri Lanka. He thanked the key senior officials of the government of Japan for extending cooperation and assistance for the development and advancement of the country.

The Delegation of Dr. Jayasundara included Dr.B.M.S.Batagoda, Deputy Secretary to the Treasury; Ms. H.M.N.S.Gunawardena, Director General of Legal Affairs; R.M.P. Rathnayake, Director General of Department of External Resources; Ms. C.Wijewardena, Director General of National Planning; Ms. M.S.P.Samaraweera, Director of National Council for Economic Development and Ms. W.A.M.Malkanthi, Director in-charge of Japan at the Department of External Resources, respectively.

Embassy of Sri Lanka in Tokyo

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