Madhya Pradesh firms urged to invest in Lanka
The recent defeat of terrorism has opened the way for rapid economic
development and has created the opportunity for fruitful co-operation
between the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh and Sri Lanka, said Urban
Development and Sacred Area Development Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.
He was addressing a seminar organized by the Federation of MP
Chambers of Commerce and Industry at the Noor-Us-Sabha Palace Hotel in
The Minister described the wealth of opportunities available for
Madhya Pradesh firms to join in Sri Lanka's growth. Pointing out that
the Vihara at Sanchi, near Bhopal, represented a symbol of Indo-Lanka
co-operation, both in the past and at present, he appealed to the
captains of industry of Madhya Pradesh to consider collaborative
enterprises with Sri Lanka, official sources said.
Speaking at the seminar, he said: "Madhya Pradesh has no coastal
belt, so Sri Lanka would provide an ideal place to make a trade link and
tourist link with. Sri Lanka is already co-operating in developing the
sacred site at Sanchi, and further common partnership possible."
The source also said Pratap Verma, Secretary, Federation of MP
Chambers of Commerce and Industry made a presentation on socio-economic
co-operation between Sri Lanka and India with special focus on Madhya
He pointed out that while Madhya Pradesh was five times larger in
area than Sri Lanka and had three times the population, Sri Lanka's per
capita income was almost four times higher.
He detailed several areas for potential collaboration and requested
that Colombo and Bhopal be linked as twin cities and that daily flights
be established between the two cities.
Dr. Meera Dass, convener of the Indian National Trust for Art and
Cultural Heritage, made a presentation at the event on the integrated
development plan of the heritage city of Ujjain.