【Colombo】Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella addressing a media briefing at the Government Information Department on September 28 said that news reports tying up the $15 million grant to the implementation of the 13th Amendment is completely false and the two leaders (Both PMs Rajapaksa and Modi) had not reached any such agreement on this matter.
Yesterday's media briefing was held in order to further clarify details regarding the Virtual Summit held on September 26th between Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and in which they discussed bilateral relations and regional and international issues of mutual concern.
Minister Rambukwella noted that the discussions between the two leaders were highly successful, adding that they had discussed a broad spectrum of issues relating to the two countries including COVID-19 and measures to control it, development cooperation, economic vision, trade investment, security measures, Indian Ocean security and the fishing issues. The Prime Ministers of the two countries also discussed education and human resources, peace and accountability and agreed to work on fisheries issues without compromising the friendship between the two countries. He also emphasized that there was no connection between the relief and financial assistance provided and the amendment to the Constitution.
Clarifying on the essence of the discussions between the two leaders, Rambukwella said that Prime Minister Modi called on the government of Sri Lanka to redress the aspirations of the Tamil people for equality, justice, peace and respect within a united Sri Lanka including by carrying forward the process of reconciliation with the implementation of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka. He said Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa expressed confidence that that Sri Lanka will work towards realizing the expectations of all the people including Tamils by achieving reconciliation nurtured as per the mandate of the people of Sri Lanka and implementation of the constitution as per the provisions.
Rambukwella said, "There were certain media reports tying up the $15 million that was agreed upon by the two Prime Ministers as a grant to Sri Lanka was attached to the 13th Amendment and the issues of the 13th Amendment, which is completely false. The $15 million was a grant for fostering Buddhist Philosophy and the cultural activities of Sri Lanka and had nothing to do with the 13th Amendment."
○Indian CEO Forum meets Prime Minister, aims to attract FDI from India
【Colombo】The Indian CEO Forum paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on September 28 and expressed strong confidence in the ability of the Sri Lankan economy to bounce back.
The Indian CEO Forum has committed to seek out large scale BPO investments from India and have already reached out to several such institutions.
The current economic situation compounded by the effects of the global pandemic have resulted in a need for job opportunities for those returning to Sri Lanka, those who have lost their jobs and those who are entering the job market. Furthermore, this pandemic has caused a significant loss in foreign exchange as remittances and tourism receipts were impacted. In light of these facts, the Indian CEO forum has identified the BPO space as a key driver to create service driven export earnings and an important source for employment generation that can be flexible, and quickly deployed.
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