Sri Lanka and Philippines to boost collaboration in IT, hospitality sector and training of nurses




Undersecretary (Deputy Minister) for International and Economic Relations of the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Philippines Laura Q. Del Rosario undertook an official visit to Sri Lanka from  14-15thFebruary 2016.

The Undersecretary met with Dr. Harsha de Silva, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for bilateral discussions at the Foreign Ministry on Monday 15 February 2016. At the meeting, the visiting Undersecretary expressed Philippines’ interest of enhancing the existing ties between Sri Lanka and the Philippines and looked forward to benefits of mutual cooperation.  Deputy Minister de Silva proposed to enhance collaboration between the two countries in fields of the IT related services, hospitality sector and training of nurses.

The Undersecretary’s visit to Sri Lanka took place just two weeks after the two countries signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Political Consultations, which provides the forum for the Foreign Ministries of the two countries to have regular consultations on bilateral and international matters of interest. Accordingly at the bilateral meeting, it was agreed to hold the first round of bilateral political consultations under this MoU in Colombo at a mutually agreed date later in the year.

The visiting Undersecretary also met with the Hon. Minister of Foreign Employment and the representatives of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and Sri Lanka Tourism on 15th February prior to her departure.

She also attended an Education and Tourism Roadshow organized by the Consulate of the Philippines in Sri Lanka during the visit.



Ministry of Foreign Affairs


17 February 2016