The British High Commission in Colombo quoted the British High Commissioner James Dauris as saying that there are a number of companies who have stories of successful investments which illustrate the possibilities for doing business in Sri Lanka today, opportunities that will only grow with sensible economic reform.
The High Commissioner had made the comments at a reception hosted by the High Commission for the Queen’s Birthday Party, celebrating the friendship between the United Kingdom and Sri Lanka.
The event was attended by President Maithripala Sirisena, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, Leader of the Opposition R. Sampanthan, Ministers and Members of Parliament, leaders of industry and heads of professional organisations, members of government departments and agencies, the police, the armed forces, university chancellors, senior journalists and civil society leaders.
“We are proud of our people to people links, and of the hundreds of thousands of people of Sri Lankan origin living in the UK who help to make our country as successful as it is today. Today we celebrate our links through parliamentary traditions, the law and the Commonwealth. We were very pleased to have President Sirisena lead Sri Lanka’s delegation at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London in April. Our countries share flourishing educational and cultural links, a large part of the important work being done by the British Council in Sri Lanka,” he said.
The High Commissioner also said that the UK supports Sri Lanka in a number of projects including achieving its objective of being free of mines by 2020, promoting inter-religious dialogues in Trincomalee and Batticaloa, working with the Sri Lankan Police Service on tackling violence against women and supporting Sri Lanka’s Peace-building Priority plan. The British government is currently providing funding of more than £50 million to development support in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette)