President Maithripala Sirisena returned to the Island today (20) after completing a successful six-day official visit to attend the 24th session of the Committee on Forestry (COFO) and the 6th World Forest Week organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome, Italy and the Open Government Partnership Global Summit 2018 in Tbillisi inn Georgia.
The President’s tours to Rome and Georgia could be considered as yet another successful steps in the journey towards building trust internationally and promote Sri Lanka as a mature democratic nation. This will bring better benefits to the Motherland in the near future.
Delivering the Inaugural Speech at the opening ceremony of the 24th Sessions of the Committee on Forestry, of Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome , President Maithripala Sirisena said the Committee on Forestry is the right platform for the forestry experts to share knowledge, discuss, debate and take decisions for the progressing of the global forestry sector. “The agenda ahead of you is very comprehensive and challenging,” he told the international gathering.
Sri Lanka will unveil one of the biggest initiatives in its international trade history when the Department of Commerce launches the World Bank supported Sri Lanka Trade Information Portal (SLTIP) on 20 July in Colombo.
The Government yesterday in Parliament, presented a Bill to provide for the establishment of an Aesthetic and Research Centre called the ‘Amaradeva Aesthetic and Research Centre’ in gratitude to the legendary musician late Pandit W.D Amaradeva.Chief Government Whip and Minister Gayantha Karunatilleka presented the Bill for First Reading.
President Maithripala Sirisena said that unlimited power creates corruption and during the last three years, Sri Lanka has taken several important steps to break the link between power and corruption in the country. He made this statement at the Open Government Partnership Global Summit in Tbillisi in Georgia today (July 18), while intervening at the Summit Session at the Tbillisi Conference & Concert Hall.
The Kaluganga Development Project is currently being implemented by the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment with the financial assistance of Saudi Fund for Development (SFD), Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) and OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID). Kaluganga Reservoir has a capacity of 265 million cubic meters (MCM) of water and will divert 100 MCM annually to Moragahakanda Reservoir. Under this project, it is expected to develop new irrigable lands of nearly 3,000 ha in the Kaluganga Basin.
President Maithripala Sirisena arrived in Gerogia to attend the 5th Session of Open Government Partnership this morning. The President arrived in the Shota Rustavelli International airport in Tbilisi, the Georgian capital, where he was welcomed by the Deputy Foreign Minister of Georgia, George Sharvashidze.
The Speaker of Parliament Karu Jayasuriya has signed the National Audit Act, which was recently passed in parliament, thereby officially making it a legal act.The Bill entitled “National Audit” was passed with amendments in Parliament on July 05th.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will present the Bill to provide for the establishment of the Office for Reparations in Parliament, tomorrow, for the first reading. The Bill, which was gazetted last month, provides for the provision of individual and collective reparations for aggrieved persons. As per the Bill, “aggrieved persons” mean persons who have suffered a violation of human rights or humanitarian law, their relatives and missing persons.