The PM further said that new avenues for Japanese investors have been opened in Sri Lanka as the country has entered a new path of politics with a new government and moving towards change and urged Japan to invest in Sri Lanka.
He firmly believed that all encouragement should be given to Japan for re-starting its economic development process. J.R.Jayewardene had the opportunity of meeting Japanese Prime Minister Yoshida too at that time.
Wickremesinghe welcomed the new partnership, saying “the discussions and agreement of a comprehensive collaboration brings us a step closer in the relationship between our two countries”.
The visit aims at further strengthening the friendly relations between Japan and Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka has also become a hot tourist place for Chinese travelers. In keeping with Prime Minister Fukuda’s vision President Jayewardene sought Japanese support to launch large scale development projects in Sri Lanka and introduce a free market economy.
“China is Sri Lanka’s friend in need and up to now, China has provided preferential loans amounting to more than 800 billion Sri Lanka rupees and donations worth over 200 billion rupees to Sri Lanka”, he said. While the demographics czar is the main innovation in a reshuffle to be announced later Wednesday, Abe will keep his core team, meaning Economy Minister Akira Amari, Finance Minister Taro Aso, and Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga will remain in their posts, NHK said. He will deliver a special lecture at the inaugural ceremony of Japan Science and Technology Association’s (STS) annual sessions in Kyoto, and for another address at the Japanese Parliament.
Prof. Maithree Wickremesinghe, Ministers Mangala Samaraweera, Ravi Karunanayake and Susil Premajayantha and other officials were also present on the occasion.