- Published on Tuesday, 29 May 2012 15:49
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The Foreign Minister of Singapore K. Shanmugam will arrive on a five-day official visit this morning. He will be in Sri Lanka until 2nd June. The visit has been undertaken on an invitation extended by the Minister of External Affairs Professor G.L Peiris. He is expected to meet President Mahinda Rajapaksa and will hold bilateral discussions with the Minister of External Affairs during his visit.
Bilateral interactions between the two countries have been intensified since the visit of President Mahinda Rajapaksa to Singapore and it was agreed with the Singaporean leaders during that visit to enhance cooperation in a number of sectors, including trade, investment and education.
A Singaporean business delegation also accompanied the Singaporean Minister. The visiting minister is scheduled to address a business forum tomorrow where a large number of Singaporean and Sri Lankan business personnel are expected to attend. The Ministry of External Affairs said that the main focus of the Business Forum is to encourage interactions between small and medium scale entrepreneurs of both countries.
The visit comes as a follow up to the Memorandum of Understanding signed during President’s visit to Singapore, for Promoting Investment Co-operation between the two countries. The MOU was signed between the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka and the Singapore Business Federation.
The visiting Minister is scheduled to visit the Northern and the Eastern Provinces and have discussions with the respective Governors and other senior government officials of the two provinces. During this visit he will be able to view the socio-economic development taking place in the regions.(niz)