(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) – President Ranil Wickremesinghe convened with members of Sri Lanka’s diaspora community in Perth this morning (09).
During the meeting, the President provided an update on the nation’s recovery efforts and discussed strategies for modernizing the economy.
Throughout the discussions, the diaspora voiced their eagerness to assist the Government in advancing economic development across various sectors, such as climate change and tourism.
Additionally, President’s Chief-of-Staff, Mr. Sagala Ratnayaka, detailed plans for establishing the Office of Overseas Sri Lankans. He emphasized that this initiative would provide an avenue for the diaspora to engage constructively with the Government.
In response to various inquiries, the President affirmed the government’s dedication to executing longstanding policies.
Additionally, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ali Sabry, provided further insight into initiatives aimed at facilitating programs in Sri Lanka that are backed by Sri Lankan expatriates.
Mr. Sagala Ratnayaka underscored the on-going IMF program, emphasizing the importance of the diagnostics report released last year. He appealed for the continues backing of the Sri Lankan diaspora in carrying forward the reform program.
Meanwhile, the President explained the efforts to revamp Sri Lanka’s education system, which includes plans for introducing private universities.
Accompanying the President were Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ali Sabry, Senior Adviser to the President on National Security and Chief-of-Staff, Sagala Ratnayaka, Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Australia, Chitranganee Wagiswara, Member of Parliament Chinthaka Mayadunna and Sri Lanka’s Counsel General to Western Australia.