President Maithripala Sirisena called upon the leaders of the states in the Bay of Bengal Region to take collective steps against drug menace narcotics smugglers use ocean routes for drug smuggling. Addressing the fourth Summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) yesterday, he drew attention of the leaders to the drug menace which is a great obstacle for the progress of the world community.
The 21st century opens up in an age facing an array of traditional and non-traditional security threats emanating from natural calamities, climate changes, human exodus and displacement, violent non-state actors, issue of ethnicity, new-fangled ideology, religious radicalism and political activities, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said, adding that the most leading threat is violent extremism.
Leaders of Sri Lanka and Myanmar agreed to further strengthen the economic and trade relations between the two countries with a new approach while activating the Sri Lanka- Myanmar Joint Trade Agreement.
President Maithripala Sirisena arrived in Kathmandu, Nepal yesterday afternoon to attend the 4th Summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), which will be held today and tomorrow in Kathmandu.Nepal’s Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Ishwar Pokhrel and a delegation welcomed the President at the Kathmandu airport.
‘Enterprise Sri Lanka’ the first entrepreneurial exhibition, focusing on the development of enterprises and creating 100,000 new entrepreneurs by 2020, was opened for public at the Moneragala District Secretariat office premises yesterday.
President Maithripala Sirisena arrived in Kathmandu, Nepal yesterday afternoon to attend the fourth Summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multisectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), which will be held in Kathmandu today and tomorrow. Nepal’s Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Ishwar Pokhrel welcoming the President at the airport.
President Maithripala Sirisena will lead the Sri Lanka Delegation to the 4th Summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi sectorial Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), which will be held from 30-31 August 2018 in Kathmandu. At the conclusion of the Summit, the Chairmanship of BIMSTEC will be handed over to Sri Lanka by the current Chair, Nepal.
Ministry Secretaries should take firm and swift decisions in carrying out programmes to provide relief to the people and reducing the cost of living, President Maithripala Sirisena said. Addressing ministry secretaries at the Presidential Secretariat on Monday, the President emphasised that a major responsibility is cast on Ministry Secretaries to drive efficiency into the government’s development programme.
New proposals to increase government revenue, creation of new income avenues, contribution towards the national economy and the programme undertaken towards expenditure management in state institutions gained special attention during this meeting, the President’s Media Unit said.
The President emphasised the need for Ministries to conduct a streamlined public relations exercise. He said pride of place should be given towards addressing people’s problems and needs. He said every ministry should maintain a website and constantly update its work, development projects and their progress as well as other relevant information.
The meeting also reviewed the contribution made by Ministries towards the government’s prime development programmes including the ‘Gramashakthi, Gamperaliya’, Enterprise Sri Lanka national food production and national tree planting programmes.
During this meeting, the President emphasized that Ministry Secretaries have to play a vital role in making the development process of the government efficient.The progress of the development programmes implemented at Ministirial level was reviewed in this meeting.
It was also discussed regarding the programmes implemented to present new proposals to promote the government’s revenue, creation of new paths to receive income, the contribution to the national economy and the expenditure management of state institutions.
U.S. State Department’s Deputy Assistant Secretary Alice Wells met Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at the Sheraton Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam on August 27. Wells described the Indian Ocean Conference as a positive approach towards a very important and salutary effort.
President Maithripala Sirisena is scheduled to leave for Nepal today (28th) on an official visit to participate in the BIMSTEC Summit. The fourth Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) summit will be held in Kathmandu, Nepal from 30 - 31 August. Nepal is the current chair of BIMSTEC.