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Intervention by Hon. Ajith Nivard Cabraal, State Minister for Money & Capital Market and State Enterprise Reforms. Event: Financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond: Meeting of the Ministers of Finance

Tuesday, 08 September 2020

Intervention by Hon. Ajith Nivard Cabraal,
State Minister for Money & Capital Market and State Enterprise Reforms


Event: Financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond: Meeting of the Ministers of Finance


Your Excellencies,

Sri Lanka has been a remarkable “success story” in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. We have been able to contain the spread of the virus with very few deaths and minimum community spread. However, the measures taken to contain the spread, together with the adverse global economic conditions have unfortunately taken a sizable toll on the country’s fiscal and external well-being and health. As result, Sri Lanka, like several other middle income economies with sizable debt and heavy reliance on tourism and exports, have faced some formidable challenges. At the same time, it is also known that, although the fall-out of the pandemic affected all emerging and developing nations as well, the international financial institutions prioritized financial support for the lower income economies only. This policy forced many countries like Sri Lanka to rely on their own strengths to overcome the economic ramifications of this global crisis,  although it has been quite stressful on our economies. It has also reduced our ability to provide further much-needed relief to our people who have been affected by this global debacle.    

Even amidst these difficulties, we have courageously adopted  relief measures to ease the burden on domestic businesses and individuals. We have granted debt moratoria, tax relief and  concessional life-lines. We have provided cash grants to millions of affected persons to help them to face the challenges caused by this global pandemic.

Sri Lanka urges BIMSTEC Member States to embrace the “new normal” for regional prosperity

Friday, 04 September 2020

Foreign Secretary Admiral Professor Colombage chairing the   21st Session of the Senior Officials’ Meeting (SoM) urged BIMSTEC Member States to embrace the “new normal, and adapt fast”, at the first virtual meeting held on 2 September 2020, in Colombo.    

In his inaugural remarks, the Foreign Secretary stated that  global dynamics will not be the same after the COVID-19 pandemic as it has affected  all  States,  in various  degrees, as  it  transformed  from  a health crisis  to an economic and human crisis  as described by the  United Nations Secretary General António Guterres. In fact, he stated that the   crisis has affected the very fabric of   daily life of BIMSTEC Member States as  economic activities have slowed down with global and regional value chains disrupted, millions of people have lost their jobs with many pushed into poverty and  therefore the  meeting was timely, as it  is an opportunity to build on the assurances made by Heads of State of BIMSTEC Members on combatting the adverse effects of COVID-19 at the 23rd  Anniversary of the BIMSTEC Day held in June 2020. He said that their messages were clear and encouraging as the Leaders had reiterated and acknowledged the need to build a better and resilient   organization that could leverage regional cooperation in the recovery and rehabilitation process in post COVID-19. 


Foreign Minister Gunawardena and the EU Ambassadors in Colombo discuss ways to further advance the EU-Sri Lanka bilateral engagement

Friday, 04 September 2020

Ambassador of the Delegation of the European Union in Colombo Denis Chaibi along with the EU Ambassadors of Italy, the Netherlands and Charge d’ Affaires of the Embassies of Romania, Germany and France paid a courtesy call on Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena on 2 September 2020.

The Ambassadors offered congratulations to the Foreign Minister on his re-appointment and expressed the desire for continued closer cooperation. It was noted that Europe was the number one destination for Sri Lanka's exports and a major source of foreign direct investment and tourism. The Ambassadors said that Sri Lanka has performed remarkably well in controlling the spread of COVID-19 and as a result, they were confident that European tourists would return to Sri Lanka, once the airports were reopened. 


Enrolment of Foreign Students and Students with Foreign Qualifications as Day Scholars for Degree Programmes at General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) - Academic Year 2020/2021

Friday, 28 August 2020

The Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations is pleased inform that the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) in Sri Lanka is calling applications from foreign students and even those with foreign qualifications, to follow Bachelor’s Degree Programmes at the KDU for the academic year 2020/2021.

Information on the degree programmes, eligibility criteria, application procedure, course duration and other relevant details are provided in the attached brochure. More information can be obtained at www.kdu.ac.lk  

The applications of the prospective candidates are required to be submitted to the Deputy Registrar, General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Ratmalana, 10390, Sri Lanka on or before 31 October 2020.

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“Arise Sri lanka” - in aid of the frontline Sri Lankan health workers

Friday, 28 August 2020

“Arise Sri lanka” - in aid of the frontline Sri Lankan health workers   


“Arise Sri lanka” is a musical programme in aid of the frontline Sri Lankan health workers engaging in work amid COVID-19, which will be presented at the Nelum Pokuna in Colombo with live Streaming through Facebook and YouTube. The programme has been organized with the endorsement of the Ministry of Health and the assistance of the World Health Organization in Sri Lanka.

The organizers of the event have requested the Foreign Ministry to inform all Sri Lanka Missions/Posts of the  Live Streaming that will take place of the musical programme comprising images of Sri Lankan Front Line health workers who selflessly battled COVID-19.

The main objective of the event is to spread awareness on the meaningful steps taken by the Government in successfully combatting COVID-19.

The event will be held on 29th August 2020 at 6.00pm (8.30am New York Time)  at Nelum Pokuna Theatre. The Facebook Page and YouTube channel  which will have live streaming to the event is as follows:


 Facebook Page :   https://www.facebook.com/Arisesrilanka2020   

 YouTube Channel:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCr-dJkgkH7jSwajanljr8Fw/about?view_as=subscriber