President Maithripala Sirisena will address the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) today (September 25). This will be President Sirisena’s fourth consecutive annual address to the world body.This year’s theme of the UNGA Session is, “Making the United Nations Relevant to All People: Global Leadership and Shared responsibilities for Peaceful, Equitable and Sustainable Societies.”
President Maithripala Sirisena while calling on world leaders to follow in the path of anti-apartheid revolutionary and statesman Nelson Mandela yesterday said that his life teaches the world many lessons about peace, reconciliation and above all humanity.
Sri Lanka welcomes the Joint Opposition candidate Mr. Ibrahim Mohamed Solih securing victory following the election in the Maldives where the people exercised their franchise in a decisive manner to uphold their commitment to democracy and the rule of law.
Sri Lanka will host the South Asian Youth Summit this year organized by the an India-based youth organization International Youth Committee (IYC).The 2nd South Asian Youth Summit 2018 will be held from November 28 to December 1 at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall in Colombo under the theme "Creating a Sustainable Future in a Fractured South Asia".
President Maithripala Sirisena arrived at the John F Kennedy International Airport in New York this morning (September 23) to attend the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and other important events. He was received by Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Dr Rohan Perera and officials of the Mission.
Sri Lanka has a deeply entrenched entitlement culture which works against the entrepreneurial culture, State Minister of Finance and Mass Media Eran Wickramaratne said at the pre-budget seminar under the theme’ Striving for Export Competitiveness” organised by the Business Economics Faculty of the University of Sri Jayawardenapura held at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute in Colombo last week.
“The rationale behind the introduction of the Rs 60 billion Enterprise Sri Lanka program was to challenge that entitlement culture in Sri Lanka. We have to be competitive in terms of price and quality. We have gone up in the value chain and competition is not a new thing for our entrepreneurs,” he said.
Stressing the need to create a new breed of entrepreneurs in the country, the Minister said that Sri Lanka accounts for a mere two percent or 230,000 entrepreneurs, out of the total working population whereas the total number of entrepreneurs in Vietnam, Thailand, Bangladesh and China account for 19 percent, 22 percent, 11 percent and 7.5 percent respectively compared to the working population in these countries.
A delegation from the U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), led by Chief Operating Officer, Jonathan Nash, visited Sri Lanka this week, to continue progress on the proposed MCC Compact – a large-scale five-year grant program. MCC is developing the compact in partnership with the Government of Sri Lanka to promote inclusive economic growth that will benefit Sri Lankans.
President Maithripala Sirisena, who is currently in New York to attend the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday (25), will be one of the prominent speakers at the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit to be convened tomorrow (24).
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that despite the economic challenges the country faces the government will not reduce funds allocated for the education and health sectors.He said the economic situation that has emerged due to the rapid appreciation of dollar is not only limited to Sri Lanka but other small countries are also facing the challenge. However, the Government is ready to provide relief to the people affected by this situation, the Prime Minister said.
The Premier noted that when the dollar appreciated at once the investors of every country dispatched their funds to the United States and the money in local banks decreased.He pointed out that when the value of the Dollar increases, the value of the rupee decreases and the prices of goods including food and fuel increase."Every country was increasing the duty. This also causes a major hindrance to the international trade. India is also impacted by this situation," he said.
Prime Minister Wickremesinghe added that some countries are reducing funds allocated for the on education and health as a result of the strengthening dollar but the Sri Lankan government is attempting to face the situation without resorting to such reductions.The Prime Minister was speaking at a function organized for the opening of a new classroom building of the Darussalam College in Maligawatte, Colombo.
The four-storied classroom building, fully equipped with all facilities has been built by the Education Ministry at a cost of Rs.40 million.Speaking further, the Premier said that efforts are underway by the Ministry of Education to develop schools in rural parts of the country.The Prime Minister said they had plans to launch another school in Central Colombo. He said he had asked the MP to look for a land to build this school.He noted that there is a large Muslim population in Colombo North and Borella and they lack schools necessary to secure their education. The government has taken many steps to develop several schools in the country, he said
President Maithripala Sirisena pointed out that the number of chronic kidney disease patients are decreasing at a significant rate annually as a result of the comprehensive programmes implemented by the government to prevent kidney disease spreading in the country.