Sri Lanka’s merchandise export earnings at US dollars 1,108 million (US $ 1.1 billion) recorded the historically highest monthly value, recent External Sector performance report released by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) said. However, the year-on-year growth of export earnings in March 2018 moderated as the highest monthly export value for 2017 was recorded in March. Earnings from industrial exports had mainly contributed towards the growth in export earnings.
The Department of External Resources (ERD) has facilitated to enter into 52 foreign financing agreements worth USD 5,022.1 million in 2017 with development partners and lending agencies.This includes USD 2,522.1 million of Official Development Assistance (ODA) and USD 2,500 million raised through capital market instruments, according to 2017 performance report of the ERD.
Sri Lanka's Ports Authority (SLPA), yesterday said that the Colombo Port received 1.7 million twenty foot equivalent units (TEUs) in the first quarter of 2018, which is a 16.2 percent growth from a year earlier, making it one of the fastest growing ports globally.
The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has been re-accredited with ‘A’ status by Global Alliance for National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) in recognition of its efforts to promote and protect human rights, Commission Chairperson Dr. Deepika Udagama said. GANHRI promotes and strengthens National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) to be in accordance with the Paris Principles and provides leadership in the promotion and protection of human rights.
The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Ha Noi recently organized a fashion show featuring Sri Lankan designer Dhamique Amarasekara, to promote colorful Sri Lankan handloom cotton and cotton- mixed fabric. This was the first time that a fashion show of a Sri Lankan designer took place in Viet Nam.
Sri Lanka’s Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne has been elected as a Vice Chairman of World Health Organization (WHO) unopposed during its Executive Committee Meeting held in Geneva.
The Government of Sri Lanka is committed to preserve Universal Health Coverage, which has been a commitment of our successive governments, to provide free health care through a government pioneered health care delivery system, Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne had stated.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has commended the efforts taken by Sri Lanka in post-war peacebuilding and reconciliation when the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in Geneva Ambassador A.L.A Azeez met with the President of the ICRC Peter Maurer at the ICRC Headquarters recently.
The High Commission of India calls for applications from eligible Sri Lankan students (excluding PIO, OCI Card holders & NRIs) seeking admission to Undergraduate Courses in MBBS, BDS, BE, B.Tech, B.Pharm & B.Arch under the Self Financing Scheme for the academic year 2018-19.