Government to shut down some missions abroad
Posted on December 11, 2015 at 3:35 am

The Government is to close down missions abroad for which no clear rationale exists, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera informed Parliament today. He said that Sri Lanka also intends to introduce Non-Resident Ambassadors to further cut-costs and to establish a presence where a full-scale embassy cannot be justified but where Sri Lanka’s interests need to be […]

Sri Lanka develops E-Agriculture Strategy
Posted on December 2, 2015 at 10:10 am

The Department of Agriculture (DoA) together with the Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure, the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) is developing the E-agriculture Strategy for Sri Lanka, based on the framework developed by the FAO and ITU.

Sri Lanka aims for high-end tourists under megapolice plan
Posted on December 2, 2015 at 10:06 am

Sri Lanka will streamline its tourist industry and move towards attracting high end visitors through the Megapolis and Western Province development programme, Minister Champika Ranawaka said. “While developing IT led innovation towns from Homagama to Malambe under the Megapolis project we have also chosen Aluthgama to be converted into a high-end tourist attraction zone,” Champika […]

Sri Lanka’s clothing industry looks to improve competitiveness
Posted on December 1, 2015 at 9:56 am

With an eye on the target of reaching US$ 8.5bn worth of clothing exports per annum by 2020, Sri Lanka’s apparel manufacturers are backing a national bid to regain preferential trade concessions from the EU.   With anew reform-oriented administration elected early this year, the GSP+ scheme is firmly back on the agenda, and the […]

Diaspora hails delisting and offers assistance
Posted on November 29, 2015 at 9:53 am

The New York based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said that the de-listing opens the doors for discussions, which will prevent future conflict and ensure healing between and within communities. “HRW welcomes the de-listing of diaspora groups. This is a positive step towards the reconciliation process if it leads to the kind of honest and difficult […]

US representative to the UN visits Sri Lanka
Posted on November 23, 2015 at 9:27 am

The United States’ representative to the United Nations, Samantha Power visited Sri Lanka from November 21st to 23rd.   “I cannot think of a country in the world today where there has been this much change in this short a period of time.” – Ambassador Samantha Power, Colombo, November 23rd”

Eight diaspora groups, 269 people deproscribed
Posted on November 22, 2015 at 5:58 am

Eight diaspora organisations and more than 260 people who were listed under a blanket proscription last year for their alleged links with Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have been deproscribed by the Government, according to a Gazette notification.