Archive for June, 2017

Opening Address by Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Foreign Affairs at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute Seminar on “Emerging Issues in the Indian Ocean”: 28 June 2017

Hon. Governors and Ministers, Your Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen: It gives me great pleasure, as the new Chairman of the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute, to address this eminent gathering of policymakers, diplomats, scholars, corporate leaders, lawyers, civil society, and students, at this landmark event on Sri Lanka’s foreign policy.

It has been a little over a month since I became Foreign Minister. I am conscious that I have assumed an office and responsibilities previously held by some of our most illustrious leaders, not least by the late Hon. Lakshman Kadirgamar after whom this Institute is fittingly named, but also by Mr. A.C.S. Hameed, Mrs. Bandaranaike, and several others, each of whom left invaluable legacies for our international relations.

While it is early days of my tenure, I can say that one of my priorities is to build a foreign policy – and a foreign service – that predicts and innovates, rather than one that reacts and stagnates. So I look forward to hearing the forecasts and analysis of the experts invited to speak today, as part of developing a foreign policy that foresees and grasps the opportunities of a changing world. For my part, I will begin the discussion by, first, briefly observing three major shifts that are apparent in the current international order.  More details

Improved Swedish interest in Sri Lanka imports after GSP+

An increased interest to import products from Sri Lanka to Sweden has been noticed since the GSP+ came in to function. This was confirmed on Tuesday 20th June during a well-attended breakfast seminar in Stockholm at the premises of the Swedish National Board of Trade.

The seminar was organised by the Sri Lankan Embassy in Stockholm, National Board of Trade and Sweden-Sri Lanka Business Council.

Purpose of the seminar was to inform Swedish importers on how competitive Sri Lanka now is after the GSP+ came into effect.

Many of the participants stated that they have waited for the GSP+ decision to come and then they could ask the Sri Lankan exporters to ship the goods to eagerly waiting Swedish customers.

The cooperation between the organisers started already in 2015 and number of activates has taken place throughout the years which has helped Sri Lankan exporters to find new clients and markets.

Improved Swedish interest in Sri Lanka imports after GSP+

Address By the Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe

Address By His Excellency the Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe to the United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for Sustainable Development United Nations, New York 5th June 2017

Madame President,

Mr. Secretary General,

Allow me to express my appreciation to those who have been responsible for organizing this conference – notably Mr. Peter Thomson – President of the General Assembly, the Governments of Fiji and Sweden – co-hosts of the Conference, the Permanent Representatives of Portugal and Singapore – facilitators of preparatory meetings and to the Secretary General of the Conference.This assembly is part of a historic process – The collective international efforts to define and correct the depredations of humankind on the Planet Earth. It is a relatively recent effort, beginning with the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm and the Stockholm Declaration in 1972. Since then we have made much progress in recognizing the environment and its protection as the responsibility of all nations. We have largely accepted the connection between ecological management and the human condition. We have had many conferences, created many institutions. Public awareness and concern about the environment is wider than at any time in history. Yet with all these developments, we have still a long way to go to reach the optimum level of global environmental sustainability. More details