President to meet expats
President Mahinda Rajapaksa will hold discussions with Sri Lankan
expatriates on their contribution to development as part of a special
program which educates the expatriates on possible investment areas.
Special arrangements for this meeting are being made through the Sri
Lankan missions abroad, a press release said yesterday. President
Rajapaksa will address the Sri Lankan expatriates at the meeting on
November 14 followed by a workshop on November 15 at the BMICH which
provides an opportunity for expatriates to meet with leaders of Sri
Lankaís financial and investment institutions.
Meeting the President
address expatriates on November 14
* Workshop on November 15
* Opportunities for Lankans to
The program aims at using the knowledge, entrepreneurship and
financial support of the Sri Lankan expatriates for them to be actively
involved in the development process of the country.
Sri Lankans living all over the world as well as representatives of
organizations run by them (Buddhist and other religious organizations,
welfare organizations and other Sri Lankan organizations) are invited to
examine the current situation of the country, be aware of the
development project currently under way and are to be commenced in the
future as well as to identify areas of development where they can
How to participate
hope to participate in this program may do so by giving the
participantsí information to High Commissions, Embassies and
Consulates of relevant countries or via telephone and Fax
numbers or by email before October 30, 2009.
Further information can be
directly received from the Presidential Secretariat and the
The Presidentís initiative will result in creating opportunities for
Sri Lankans to contribute to various areas of investment.
This is also an opportunity to increase friendship and cooperation
between counterparts as well as an opportunity to create awareness on
Sri Lanka to the outside world.
In the Presidentís Address to the Nation in the immediate aftermath
of the countryís liberation from terrorism, and also during the 61st
Independence Day speech, President Rajapaksa said that an opportunity
has been created for all Sri Lankans who left the country due to
terrorist activities to come back and contribute for the development of
The Government has recognized the legitimate grievances of the Tamil
people in terms of socio-economic requirements and has already begun
programs to address these needs.
For that the Government has now begun to receive the support of
Tamils living in Sri Lanka and abroad. This program also hopes to give
an overview of the Nagenahira Navodaya program, whereby the people of
the East have progressed socially and economically while achieving
political freedom. It will also create awareness of the Uthuru
Vasanthaya program where resettlement and development of infrastructure
will be detailed. The program will give an opportunity for expatriates
to explore investment opportunities in the North and East. Another aim
of this program is to commend all Sri Lankans who supported the
Government in its war against terrorism.
This program is jointly organized by the Presidential Secretariat and
the Foreign Ministry coordinated by Director, Presidential Media
Coordination/Minister Councillor, Sri Lankan Embassy in Italy