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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2737

Dr. Jayasundera Meets Technocrats Of Japan

Tokyo, 04 July, (Asiantribune.com):

Secretary, Ministryof Finance & Planning, Dr. P.B. Jayasundera, and a high level delegation from the Ministry of Finance visited Japan in order to call on senior technocrats as well as to participate at the Sri Lanka Investment Seminar organized by Japan External Trade Organization [JETRO] in close collaboration with the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Tokyo and Tokyo Chamber of Commerce.

Secretary Dr. Jayasundera was invited by the Japan International Cooperation Agency [JICA].

Secretary Dr. Jayasundera, along with Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda, Ambassador of Sri Lanka in Japan, called on the Vice Minister of Ministry of Finance; Vice Minister of Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport & Tourism [MLIT]; Senior Vice President and Vice President of JICA;and other senior most officials from the JETRO and Ministriesof Economy, Trade & Industry [METI] and Foreign Affairs.Secretary Dr. Jayasundera also conducted discussions withthe Academy of Financial Services [AFS]Support Committeein Japanand JICA, which was attended by a number of senior technocrats and academics from Japan. The objectives of the AFS are to train and to equip mid to senior level officials of the Ministry of Finance and of other Government Institutionsin Sri Lanka.

The senior technocrats, whom Secretary Dr. Jayasundera met, expressed satisfaction of the rapid economic trajectory of Sri Lanka and were receptive to extend due cooperation and assistance for the progression of Sri Lanka. He thanked the key senior officials of the Government of Japan for extending cooperation and assistance for the development and advancement of the country.

During the meetings of Secretary Dr. Jayasundera and delegation,he discussed and broachedof the economic advancement of the country in the post-conflict era, dynamics of the Overseas Development Assistance [ODA] as well as the diversification of portfolio extended by the Government of Japan, promotion and potential of tourism from Japan to Sri Lanka, enhancement of economic and investment cooperation,and the intrinsic utility of the Sri Lanka based AFS, among others. Further, Secretary Dr. Jayasundera was the Chief Guest and the keynote speaker at the Sri Lanka Investment Seminar at the JETRO. Nearly 250 potential and current investors and businessleaders of Japan attended the said Seminar.

The Delegation of Dr. Jayasundara included Dr. B.M.S.Batagoda, Deputy Secretary to the Treasury; Ms. H.M.N.S.Gunawardena, Director General of Legal Affairs; Mr. R.M.P. Rathnayake, Director General of Department of External Resources; Ms. C.Wijewardena, Director General of National Planning; Ms. M.S.P.Samaraweera, Director of National Council for Economic Development and Ms. W.A.M.Malkanthi, Director in-charge of Japan at the Department of External Resources, respectively.

Secretary Dr. Jayasunderaand delegation, during the meetings and calls, wereassociated with Ambassador Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda and Deputy Chief of Mission,Saj Mendis, of the Mission.

- Asian Tribune -

Secretary, Dr. P.B.Jayasundara, conducting discussions with the Senior Vice President,           Mr. H. Domichi of JICA at the Head Office of JICA
Secretary Dr. P.B.Jayasundera delivering the keynote address at the Japan External Trade Organization [JETRO] at the Head Office of JETRO
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