President Rajapaksa has invited Japan to launch an Investment Zone to assist Sri Lanka’s speedy development drive.
A Japanese Parliamentary delegation met the President at Temple Trees. During the meeting they highly appreciated the political stability prevailing in the country. They also commended the development strategies employed in Sri Lanka and agreed to continue assistance in the investment sector. The President drew the attention of the Japanese representatives towards strengthening economic ties by embarking on a new phase of cultural and religious relations. The President said Sri Lanka has set off on a path of speedy economic development and arrangements are in place to set up a Japanese Investment Zone at the new harbours that are being constructed. Mementoes were exchanged symbolizing the friendship between the two countries. The Ven. Suduhumpola Wimalasara thera, Ministers Prof. G.L. Peiris, Nimal Siripala de Silva, Mervyn Silva and Priyankara Jayaratne, Deputy Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga, Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabral, Japanese Ambassador in Sri Lanka Kunio Takahashi and Chairman of the Japan Sri Lanka Friendship Parliamentarian League Chairman Hirano Hirofumi were present at this discussion.