CHOGM 2013 in November:
Historic opportunity to showcase Sri Lanka
The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be held in
Sri Lanka in November next year will be a historic moment for Sri Lanka
to showcase the remarkable progress achieved by the country to the world
in the post-conflict era, External Affairs Minister Prof G L Peiris
Addressing a gathering, following the ceremonial inauguration of the
Task Force Secretariat for CHOGM 2013 at the BMICH, the minister said
Speakers of national Parliaments and other parliamentarians who attended
the recently concluded 58th session of the Commonwealth Parliamentary
Association in Colombo were able to experience for themselves firsthand
peace and tranquility in the island, as well as witness the impressive
economic transformation that Sri Lanka is undergoing, during their
travel throughout the length and breadth of the country.
"These delegates would be able to effectively counter the false and
malicious propaganda against Sri Lanka when they return home," he said.
Minister Peiris underscored the importance the government attaches to
the successful organisation of CHOGM 2013.
He said he was pleased that the External Affairs Ministry had been
able to arrange the inauguration of the Task Force Secretariat for CHOGM
2013 within a short period.
The Secretariat would serve as the nerve centre for coordinating the
entire gamut of activities, including logistics, security and protocol
relating not only to the Heads of government meeting, but also to the
Foreign Ministers and senior officials meetings preceding it, as well as
parallel events such as the Commonwealth Business Forum, Commonwealth
Youth Forum and the Commonwealth People's Forum. Fifteen Sub-Committees
have been set up to coordinate activities that are envisaged, he said.
The minister opened the CHOGM 2013 Task Force Secretariat by
unveiling the plaque followed by the invocation of blessings by members
of the Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and Christian clergy.
A gathering of public officials, including the Secretary to the Prime
Minister, Secretaries of line ministries involved in the CHOGM, the
Chief of Defence Staff and chairpersons of sub-committees were present.
A brief promotional video film on Sri Lanka was also shown to the