Remarks made by Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Finance and Mass Media at the Conference on “Applying New Technology to Make Sri Lanka’s International Trade More Efficient and Inclusive”, 30th October 2017 at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel
I am thankful to you, High Commissioner Hutchesson and other colleagues for inviting me to address this important and timely conference on the application of technology in enhancing Sri Lanka’s trade facilitation process.
Ms. Una McCauley UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Representative in Sri Lanka
Staff of the UN Country Team in Sri Lanka
Ladies and Gentlemen
As the UN turns seventy-two; Sri Lanka’s formal relationship with the United Nations turns sixty-two.
As an officer who has served in the Foreign Service of Sri Lanka for over 30 years out of those 62 years, and served as Permanent Representative both in Geneva and in New York, and still serving as a UN Treaty Body Member, and thus serving both the UN and my country, I can confidently say that Sri Lanka’s relationship with the UN is at present, probably at the best it has ever been.
The Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera underscoring the development priorities of the emerging economies emphasized the need of adapting the multilateral system to the changing global economy through active dialogue and cooperation among the international community while addressing valid country specific concerns and ensuring mutual benefits.
The General Debate of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly is scheduled to commence on the 19th of September, on the theme “Focusing on people: striving for peace and a decent life for all on a sustainable planet . President Maithripala Sirisena will address the UN General Assembly in the afternoon of 19th September. He will also participate at the opening session of the General Assembly in the morning of 19th September where the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, is scheduled to make his first address to the United Nations.
The Indian Ocean has historically been a powerful communication channel for thespread of culture, global trade and commerce. Today, the Indian Ocean’s traditional status as a major source of livelihood is more valid than ever before, as it remains an importantinternational trade highway.
The full statement made by Minister of Foreign Affairs Ravi Karunanayake in parliament on 10th August before he resigns from his ministerial portfolio
The mainstream media in the country, websites and other social media made bald headlines about me in the last few days. Certain members of parliament too expressed different views. A no confidence motion against me has also been handed over. Therefore I thought of explaining my position to this respectable house.
Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa and his advisors, instead of working to take our country to the heights that our country could have achieved soon after the conclusion of the conflict in 2009, chose to run our country to the ground. He made our country heavily indebted on the one hand, having borrowed at exorbitantly high, commercial rates; while taking decisions that made Sri Lanka withdraw from the international stage, on the other, thus making our country and our people isolated and shunned by the world. He hides the fact that time after time, major donor countries voted against Sri Lanka at the time, in international financial institutions.
Address by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to the UN Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for Sustainable Development, United Nations, New York, 5th June 2017.