SL attractive destination for trade, investment - Basil
Sri Lanka has become an attractive destination for trade, investment
and tourism in the world due to its strategic location in the centre of
international sea and air routes, Senior Adviser to the President and
Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa said.
Minister Basil Rajapaksa with Under Secretary of State for
Oriental Policy of Poland Jerzy Pomianowski and Honorary
Consul General of Poland in Sri Lanka Ken Balendra. Picture
During discussions with Under Secretary of State for Oriental Policy
of Poland Jerzy Pomianowski at the Economic Development Ministry
yesterday, Minister Rajapaksa said Sri Lanka has peace and political
“There is easy access to Middle East, Europe and other countries
through Sri Lanka. The country has free trade agreements with India,
Pakistan and all South Asian countries. Therefore, international traders
and investors have taken a keen interest in investing and developing
trade relation with Sri Lanka,” he said.
Pomianowski said the economy of Poland is high and is the sixth
largest in the EU and one of the fastest growing economies in Europe.
The Polish economic growth rate was one of the best results in Europe.
Poland pursued a policy of economic liberalisation since 1990 and today
stands out as a success story among transition economies.
It is the only country in the European Union to avoid a recession
through the 2008-09 economic downturns, he said. He said he started his
Foreign Service career first in Sri Lanka as a UNESCO official and
participated in research projects in the Mahawali area.
Pomianowski said Poland is a part of the global tourism market with
constantly increasing number of visitors, particularly after joining the
“Polish tourists are interested in visiting attractive destinations
like Sri Lanka,” he said.
Both parties agreed to exchange trade and investment delegation to
revive the bilateral relations and review the progress of the new
projects between the two countries. Responding to a question by the
Polish Under Secretary, Minister Rajapaksa said the majority of the
Tamil diaspora gradually understand the real situation of Sri Lanka and
they are happy with the outcome of the resettlement and reconstruction
work and peace building efforts of the government.
Most Tamil expatriates are visiting Sri Lanka, helping their families
and relatives and buying real estates in Sri Lanka. But some members of
the Diaspora are still against Sri Lanka, the minister said.
The minister and the Under Secretary agreed to have separate
arrangements to promote Sri Lankan interests in Poland during the Warsaw