(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Tuesday called on the member countries of the Boao Forum for Asia to encourage their businesses to consider Sri Lanka as a destination appropriate for investments.
In his video speech to the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2021 held in Boao, south China’s Hainan Province, Rajapaksa said Sri Lanka particularly seeks to attract investments in export-oriented industries that will have a beneficial impact on the country’s economy.
The President said the government does not seek to borrow, but to encourage investments and have developed attractive policies for Foreign Direct Investments, including a favorable tax structure and other incentives.
The President said Sri Lanka is a peaceful and politically stable country that has taken multiple steps to enhance domestic governance to meet its goals under its development framework.
“We have ambitious plans to revive and strengthen our economy significantly in the coming years,” the President said requesting Sri Lanka’s international partners’ contributions to aid this process.
The annual conference Boao Forum for Asia bringing together government leaders, senior officials and business executives kicked off on the 18th in the tropical island of Hainan in China. Today is the third day of the four-day conference series held under the theme “A World in Change: Join Hands to Strengthen Global Governance and Advance Belt and Road Cooperation”.
Leaders of 15 countries including New Zealand, Mongolia, Brunei, Singapore, Vietnam, Bangladesh and Cambodia addressed the conference via video conferencing today (20) while around 2,000 people are expected to attend the event physically.
President’s full speech to the Boao Forum for Asia
Chairman, Board Members and Secretary General of the Boao Forum
Ladies and Gentlemen
I am delighted to participate at the Opening Plenary of this year’s Boao Forum for Asia. At the outset, | wish to congratulate the Boao forum for completing two decades of excellent work to bring countries together.
I also take this opportunity to recognize the central role played by the People’s Republic of China in the Boao Forum for Asia. Through centuries of rich history, Sri Lanka and China share a strong strategic collaborative partnership based on mutual respect, trust, and cooperation. | appreciate the support rendered by His Excellency Xi Jinping and the Government of China to Sri Lanka, in vital areas of Sri Lanka’s well-being.
Sri Lanka maintains a clear and vibrant foreign policy that seeks enhanced cooperation with all friendly nations, and in particular, its Asian neighbors, on equal and non-aligned terms. These principles are enshrined in our development policy framework, Vistas of Prosperity and Splendor’.
| am therefore appreciative of the theme of this year’s conference, which recognizes the importance of strengthening global governance and international cooperation. It is essential that we strive towards a more equitable and respectful foundation for international relations.
We know that developing countries, irrespective of their contribution to the world economy, have to abide by a myriad rules, regulations, and governance structures, and yet cannot access the global rules formulation process. This is a regrettable situation.
Maintaining a fair balance between national policies and international shared policies, norms and rules is essential. The sovereignty of independent states should in no way be undermined in the maintaining of this balance.
Sri Lanka is a peaceful, politically stable state that has taken multiple steps to enhance domestic governance to meet its goals under its development framework. Ten policy areas have been identified to deliver the four-fold outcome of a productive citizenry, a happy family, a disciplined society and a prosperous nation.
We have well thought-out plans to lift low-income families out of poverty, improve rural infrastructure, enrich the quality of our education to meet future needs, and to enhance use of technology to improve efficacy throughout the nation. We have ambitious plans to revive and strengthen our economy significantly in the coming years.
We seek the contributions of our international partners to aid this process. We do not seek to borrow, but to encourage investments. We have developed attractive policies for Foreign Direct Investments, including a favorable tax structure and other incentives.
We seek the support of the Governments of member countries of the Boao Forum to encourage more businesses from their countries to consider Sri Lanka as a destination for their investments. We Particularly seek to attract investments in export-oriented industries that will have a beneficial impact an our economy.
In concluding my remarks, I affirm Sri Lanka’s commitment, as a founding member of the Boao Forum, to its guiding principles and its purpose.
I trust that the BFA Annual Conference 2021 will make a beneficial contribution at this globally challenging time to countries within the region and between the region and other parts of the world.