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Visit of the Prime Minister of Norway

The Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Norway, Erna Solberg, commenced a two-day official visit on 12 August 2016. This official visit takes place in her dual capacity as Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Norway as well as co-chair of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Advocacy Group, an appointment made by the UN Secretary- General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon. Prime Minister Solberg had bilateral discussions with President Maithripala Sirisena on 12 August and she also called on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, ...

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Esala Weerakoon appointed as Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Esala Weerakoon, member of the Sri Lanka Foreign Service batch of 1988 received his letter of appointment as the Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, today 1st August 2016, from the Secretary to the President.

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CALLING FOR SUBMISSIONS ON RECONCILIATION MECHANISMS

The Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms is calling for submissions from diaspora organizations/individuals on the design of structures, processes and measures for truth, accountability, reparations and non-recurrence, i.e. an Office on Missing Persons, an Office on Reparations; a Judicial Mechanism with a Special Counsel; a Truth, Justice, Reconciliation and Non-Recurrence Commission; and any other mechanisms, processes or measures for advancing reconciliation in Sri Lanka.        

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Opportunities of Convergence: Keynote Address at the South Asian Diaspora Convention by Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka: 18 July 2016

Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies, Singapore, Ambassador Gopinath Pillai, Chairman, Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore, Distinguished delegates and Friends. *********** Let me thank you at the outset for inviting me to this, the third South Asia Diaspora Convention, hosted by the Institute of South Asian Studies in Singapore. This event underscores the strategic position to which Singapore has evolved in the last 51 years as a key intersection between ...

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Joint Press Release following the 20th meeting of the European Union - Sri Lanka Joint Commission

The Joint Commission, which oversees the 1995 EU-Sri Lanka Cooperation Agreement on Partnership and Development, deals with a broad range of bilateral and multilateral issues of mutual interest. Its tasks are to: ensure the proper functioning and implementation of the Agreement; set priorities; and make recommendations. All three Working Groups established under the terms of the Joint Commission reported back from their respective meetings held in January (the Working Group on Governance, Rule of Law and Human Rights) and in May ...

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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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New York-based and London-born celebrity photographer Nigel Barker recalls the delights of his mother's fascinating country: Published by PHILIPPINE TATLER - JUNE 2016 ISSUE

I fell in love with Sri Lanka, where my mother was born, on my first visit. Perhaps it was because it was in my genes, or maybe it was just that the unique mix of culture, history, beaches, jungle, music, and food awoke my senses. On that first visit, as an eight-year-old, I played with kabaragoya, giant water monitors that I was told could eat small children, and was dive-bomtred by coconut beetles as I ran through groves to visit ancient temples overrun by monkeys. Tales of this tropical land I'd heard growing ...

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