PM tells Sichuan investors:
Invest in Lanka
Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka invited investors of Sichuan
Province to establish industries in Sri Lanka.
Prime Minister Wickramanayaka who is on a visit to China made this
request when he met Sichuan Provincial Party Committee of the Communist
Party of China Secretary Liu Qibao in Chengdu, the capital city of
Liu Qibao welcomed Prime Minister Wickramanayaka as an old friend of
Sri Lanka and mentioned that the Prime Minister’s second visit to
Chengdu to attend the 10th Western China International Economy and Trade
Fair reflected the cordial relations between China and Sri Lanka.
He said regular high level visits between the two countries would
help consolidate relations and recalled President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s
visits to China.
He briefed the Prime Minister on the achievements made in
reconstruction and rebuilding in Sichuan province in the aftermath of
the massive earthquake that hit the province last year and appreciated
the contributions made by Sri Lanka towards the welfare of the people
affected by the Sichuan earthquake.
Prime Minister Wickramanayaka conveyed the greetings of President
Rajapaksa, the Government and the people of Sri Lanka to the Chinese
Government and the people of China.
He described China as a sincere friend who has helped Sri Lanka at
all times. Congratulating China and her people on the occasion of the
60th Anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, the
Prime Minister said that prodigious accomplishments China has made in
becoming a modern and a prosperous nation is a source of pride and
inspiration to fellow Asian Nations.
He agreed with the CPC Secretary that there should be more contacts
at all levels between the two countries and particularly at
people-to-people level to promote further understanding between the two
Elaborating on the peaceful environment that prevails in Sri Lanka,
Prime Minister Wickramanayaka invited Sichuan Province investors to
establish industries in Sri Lanka which would be beneficial to both
The two leaders agreed that there was considerable potential for
developing cooperation in the tourism sector. The CPC Secretary also
pledged continuous support in setting up the new Sri Lanka consulate in
Chengdu which is expected to be completed before the end of this year.