Acting Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs at the US State Department, Bruce Wharton said that from the beginning Sri Lanka’s potential has never been in doubt.
“From the beginning Sri Lanka’s potential has never been in doubt. Today, Sri Lanka has the potential to become the next Asian Tiger,” he said at an event held in the US to mark Sri Lanka’s Independence Day.
Bruce Wharton said the US supports Sri Lanka’s SME community, helping to create jobs, promote investment, and improve business.
“All of this cooperation wouldn’t be possible without the democratic progress Sri Lanka has made,” he said.
“While Sri Lanka may be relatively young – as nations go – the United States and Sri Lanka are old friends.”
The US official said that in the 21st century, a country’s most important economic asset is its people, and Sri Lanka can harness its people to achieve great things. (Colombo Gazette)