Japanese assistance to move Analog electronics to digital mode in Sri Lanka


At the discussion – From left: Sunil Gamage, Arai Hiroyuki, and Shimpei Matsushita

By Steve A. Morrell

Two Japanese parliamentarians , President, New Renaissance Party, member of the House of Councilors, Arai Hiroyuki, and Government Parliamentarian, Shimpei Matsushita, met with the media in Colombo last week.

Invited by Chairman, Sri Lanka – Japan Friendship Association, Medagama Sunil Gamage, Arai Hiroyuki, said their visit was, at this stage of Sri Lanka’s economic development, important to further cement friendly ties between both countries.

Simultaneously, subject to worldwide advances in electronics and computer sciences, assistance from the Japanese government to initiate allied advances is now opportune and synchronized with projected development, he said.

Advancing the current electronics mode operative in analog applications to an advanced digital format would constitute concurrence with Sri Lanka’s growing entry into the global atmosphere of worldwide communication, he stressed.

Reverting to the late President J. R. Jayewardene’s statement at the San Francisco, conference supporting Japan, he said the Japanese people are constantly grateful for his support. Simultaneously, parallel to antecedent benefits stemming from this support the Japanese people are continuously solicitous for Sri Lanka’s wellbeing and are enthusiastic in fostering assistance.

He also made the point that that the generation gap of young people now in both countries are perhaps unaware of President Jayewardene’s contribution to the cause of Japan’s entry into the modern world of peace, and they had to be reminded of such momentous action. This was an outstanding moment in Japan’s history, and had to be recognized.

"During our past visits to Colombo, we met with the then President Mahinda Rajapakse", he said. "We also met with President Maithripala Sirisena".

Their short stay currently was to initiate two aspects for economic development in Sri Lanka. One was the initiation of electronic advances, and secondly to establish the Institute for Traditional Plants for Medicinal Investigation, as well as investigate plant species for bi-products that could be based for the manufacture of perfumes.

Subject to project proposals and eventual approvals, funds that would be involved under Japanese Grant aid was approximately US$ 40 million. Project finances would also attract US$ 400 million for personnel training, and attributable equipment that would be necessary for ancillary assistance to ensure effective realization and completion for this project.

Sri Lanka’s economic development was noted in most South East Asian countries, and subject to its importance in the Asian region the Japanese Government would contribute to its development, he assured.

Implementation would be effective 2017 for projected completion 2020. The three-year cycle was necessary because of growing advances in digital technology and to ensure currency in simultaneous improvement, he noted.

The Institute for Traditional Plants was an additional aspect for their visit. Sri Lanka and its comparative action to safeguard the environment, and maintain the established ecological balance was also noted. Within these broad based possibilities and protection of the greenness on the island was to be further enhanced.

Sunil Gamage translated the discussion conducted in the Japanese language.

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