A three-day event to explore the finest corners of culture and trade of Sri Lanka was held from 9th to 11th September in the City Hall of Bülach, near the Zurich International Airport, Switzerland. This was organized by Mr. Vidarshana Munasinghe, Honorary Consul for Sri Lanka in Switzerland.
Sri Lankan Parliamentary delegation headed by Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, President of Sri Lanka-Palestine Parliamentary Friendship Association and Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, met with Dr. Riyad Al-Malki, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Palestine.
The International Organization on Migration (IOM) has expressed readiness to further enhance its assistance to Sri Lanka, by providing training and capacity building support for the Ministries of Foreign Employment and Foreign Affairs, and to the Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau (SLBFE). It was agreed to extend cooperation in the areas of countering human trafficking and people smuggling operations, providing short-term internship opportunities with the IOM for the relevant officials as well as supporting the upgrading of the consular services of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The IOM also pledged to continue technical and secretarial support for the Colombo Process (CP) - the regional consultative forum of contractual labour originating countries in Asia, currently chaired by Sri Lanka.
Leveraging latest economic changes at home, India’s highly powerful multinational and industry grouping announced their direct support to Lankan SMEs and industries in an unprecedented offer on 12 October in Colombo.
Sri Lanka is providing leadership for the Colombo Process to be a bridge between labor sending and receiving countries fostering strong partnership for the Asian region, said the Minister of Foreign Employment Thalatha Athukorala.
UN’s apex industry body is planning for much larger intervention in Sri Lankan industry sector and has reiterated its support for the industry development vision of Sri Lanka’s national unity government.
SriLankan Airlines is proud to once again facilitate the air travel of the Take Heart Mercy Mission (www.takeheartmercymission.com), a team of medical specialists from the United Kingdom who travel to Sri Lanka every year to perform life-saving heart surgery on young children with life-threatening heart defects.
Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, Minister of Education and Representative of Sri Lanka to the Executive Board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Ambassador and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO Tilak Ranaviraja represented Sri Lanka at the 200 session of its Executive Board from 7 to 10 October 2016 at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.