Just about six months into its operations, and the Hambantota port is gearing up to become the number one port in the region. A combination of factors is carefully designed and put together to achieve this goal. “We in Sri Lanka have all been aware of the advantages of this location for centuries now, it being just a little less than half a nautical mile from the sea lanes itself makes it obvious. But what was necessary to push this into the limelight, was the right partnerships and this is what CMPort brings to the table.” Cpt. Ravindra Jayawickreme, CEO of Hambantota International Port Services (HIPS) said.
Sri Lanka should promote more intra-Commonwealth trade and investment as there are growing opportunities in this area, said Commonwealth Secretary-General Rt. Patricia Scotland QC.The Secretary General, who paid a courtesy call on Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama, discussed the opportunities for growing and encouraging more trade between member countries. She also invited Sri Lanka to showcase innovative Sri Lankan entrepreneurs on the new ‘Innovation Hub’ section of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s website.
Hundreds of students from Sri Lanka are reportedly in New Zealand illegally, with officials currently conducting investigations into claims of a major scam involving student visa applications from Sri Lanka.The New Zealand immigration office in Mumbai that handles Sri Lankan applications received a tip off at the start of the year.
The Laos Foreign Affairs Ministry had confirmed that, with effect from August 1, Sri Lankan citizens holding valid travel documents could apply for visa on arrival at international border checkpoints in Laos, a statement issued by the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry said, yesterday.
The US is committed to working with civil society, international organizations, and the Sri Lankan government to combat trafficking in persons in the country, a diplomat of the US Embassy on Monday said. Robert Hilton, Chargé d’Affaires of the US Embassy said this while delivering a speech at an event organised by the International Labour Organization (ILO) Office in Colombo in view of the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.
The Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland arrived in the country this afternoon on a four-day official visit. The Foreign Affairs Ministry earlier said this was her first visit to Sri Lanka since she assumed the Office of Secretary-General in April 2016.
The Knowledge Sharing Program (KSP) policy consultation supported by the Korean Exim Bank to set up a master plan for the establishment of an advanced automated taxation system for Colombo Municipality has been successfully carried out from February to July 2018 and the final dissemination seminar was held on 26th July in Colombo with the participation of Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) officials including the Deputy Municipal Commissioner Mrs. Thamara Mallawarachchi.
Large telescopes in the University of Colombo will be open to the General Public on 31st July 2018 to watch Planet Mars as well as the most beautiful planet Saturn till 10.00 p.m. The public can visit the Colombo University playground from 7-10 pm on 31st if the sky is free from clouds.
Youth Affairs, Project Management and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayaka last week visited Citra - Sri Lanka’s first Social Innovation Lab - to discuss the collaborative initiatives between the Ministry and the Innovation Lab.