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Address by President Maithripala Sirisena at the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly

I am extremely happy to take part in this 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly. I wish to bring to the notice of Your Excellencies the current situation in my country. For the last twenty months, I have given the leadership to usher a new era of social, political and economic transformations in my country. Before I came to power, people in my country were living in fear and suspicion. I could end that period and lay the foundation ...

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Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera represents Sri Lanka at the Our Ocean Conference 2016

Participating at the Our Ocean Conference 2016, at the invitation of the US Secretary of State John Kerry, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, on 15 September,  outlined several commitments by Sri Lanka to protect oceans around Sri Lanka and beyond. The Minister said that Sri Lanka is perhaps one of the few countries in the world where the Head of State himself holds the portfolio of Environment, given its vital importance for the country and to ensure that Sri Lanka plays its ...

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Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera reaffirms commitment to further advancing bilateral ties during visit to the Republic of Slovenia

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera visited the Republic of Slovenia from 4-8 September on the invitation of Hon Karl Erjavec, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia to attend the 11th Bled Strategic Forum 2016. During the visit, Minister Samaraweera met with President Borut Pahor, Prime Minister Miro Cerar, Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec and Minister of Economic Development and Technology Zdravko Počivalšek and reaffirmed Sri Lanka’s commitment to strengthening and consolidating the longstanding relations between Sri Lanka and ...

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Address by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera at the International Institute for Middle-East and Balkan Studies

It is an honour for me to be here today, at the invitation of the International Institute for Middle-East and Balkan Studies, to speak to you about the changes that are taking place in my country. Although Sri Lanka is situated far away from where we stand here this afternoon in geographical terms, this region of the Balkans and the region where we are situated in South Asia, are both inheritors of ancient civilisations and rich histories. In classical times, the Balkans ...

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Introductory Remarks by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera to Address by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

The first Prime Minister of Sri Lanka to address the UN General Assembly since Sri Lanka was granted membership in the United Nations in 1955, Hon. S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike, articulated our intentions as a member of the UN, as follows: “This is an Organisation which expresses itself most effectively by bringing to bear a certain moral force – the collective moral force and decency of human beings. That is a task in which the weak as well as the strong can render ...

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Mission Activities

Strengthening Relations in the Higher Education Sector

Embassy Officials met the Vice President of the Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation (VMUF) in San Carlos City, Pangasinan, Philippines, to discuss matters relating to the welfare of the Sri Lankan students enrolled at the VMUF on 17th August 2016. On the sideline of the meeting with the University administration, Embassy Officials also had a discussion with the Sri Lankan students regarding their concerns including Consular matters. Since 2008, Sri Lankan students have enrolled in the VMUF and currently there are 151 Sri ...

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Sri Lanka-Philippines Defence Cooperation Strengthened

Nineteen (19) member Sri Lanka delegation from the Defence Services Command and Staff College (DSCSC) visited Philippines for an Overseas Study Tour from 02nd to 12th August 2016. The Overseas Study Tour (OST) to the Philippines has been an Annual programme of the DSCSC, Sri Lanka, since 2014. The OST 2016 has been the largest military delegations visiting the Philippines in military history of Sri Lanka.

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Benchmarking Programme for the Sri Lanka Tourism in the Philippines

Embassy in coordination with the Philippine Department of Tourism and the Tourism Industry Board Foundation, Inc. (TIBFI) supported by the   World University Service of Canada (WUSC) organized a benchmarking programme for Sri Lanka Tourism from 24 – 31 July 2016.  

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Discover Sri Lanka - “The Pearl of the Indian Ocean“

Opening our minds to fresh perspectives is what makes our lives exciting. This is exactly what the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) travel adventure show host, Capt. Joy Roa, a well-known figure in the aviation industry in the Philippines, ventured in his journey of discovering Sri Lanka, ”The Pearl of the Indian Ocean”. The combined efforts, though it was challenging, have also brought together people in the Philippines and Sri Lanka, not only in the tourism industry but also other walks of ...

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Sri Lanka in Philippine Media

Island economies: Mindanao and Sri Lanka

SOME 5,000 kilometers to the west of Mindanao is Sri Lanka. Mindanao has a similar latitude with Sri Lanka at about seven degrees north of the equator. Mindanao’s population in 2015 was about 24 million; Sri Lanka’s, 21 million. Sri Lanka’s land area is 63 percent of Mindanao’s 10.2 million hectares (ha). Both suffered from internal strife: Mindanao under various shades of insurgency; Sri Lanka under the Tamil Tigers. However, Mindanao’s 41 percent poverty incidence at national headcount in 2012 was ...

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Sri Lanka: A world of wonders

In Sri Lanka, our nine-day road trip took us to the ancient kingdoms of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya, the sacred city of Kandy, and ended in the nation’s capital, Colombo. In the former royal cities of the north-central region, we explored the 2,000-year-old legacy of the Sinhalese culture that gave the world colossal built-brick monuments, sacred Bodhi Tree shrines, cave temples and sublime images of the Buddha. Buddhism came to Sri Lanka by way of India in the 3rd century ...

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Prof. NihalAmerasinghe appointed as Distinguished Fellow in Development Management

Professor NihalAmerasinghe, PhD, is the first Distinguished Fellow in Development Management at the Asian Institute of Management. The appointment was approved last July 1, and will be retained for three years. As a Distinguished Fellow, he will be coaching and mentoring students on business and soft skills, and will be counseling them on valuable industry soft skills and career paths on top of his faculty duties. Currently, Professor Amerasinghe is the program director for ZSDM’s Project Planning and Development Management (PPDM) ...

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Secrets of Sri Lanka: Published by Philippine Panorama Sunday Magazine Manila Bulletin - June 26, 2016

Sri Lanka, a pear-shaped island, its capital Colombo located at its southern tip jutting into the Indian Ocean. Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon - through it's still Ceylonese rather than Sri Lankan tea - is hot and and humid (temperatures ranging from 24 to 33 degrees Celsius on average), with sandy beaches along its coastal plain, primarily an agriculture-based economy where nearly half of the people are farmers and half of the country is forest or open woodland, and much like ...

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Image Building of TVET Main Focus of CPSC Program in Sri Lanka

The Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC), in collaboration with the Department of Technical Education and Training (DTET), held its annual in-country program on Image Building in TVET at the Distance Learning Center (DLC), Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration (SLIDA), Colombo, Sri Lanka from June 13-17, 2016. Forty-two (42) TVET instructors and administrators coming from all over the country participated in the program. The program addressed common observations about the relatively negative impression on TVET across Asia, and the stigma attached ...

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