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Govt commended by Japanese Ambassador for its role in improving business environment

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BOI urges Japanese investors to take advantage of Colombo Port City project

 

By Sanath Nanayakkare

Sri Lankan Government is playing an appreciable role in improving the investment environment to attract foreign investments to Sri Lanka, Akira Sugiyama, Ambassador for Japan in Sri Lanka said recently.

He said that ‘Public-Private Joint Forum’ held for Japanese companies in Sri Lanka provides an opportunity for Japanese companies to discuss and resolve issues faced by them with the cooperation of the Sri Lankan government.

The Ambassador made these remarks at the Sri Lanka Investment Forum 2021, held through June 7-9 on a virtual format.

“A good relationship is not only the connection between countries, but also the connection between people. The deep relationship of trust between business people in both countries is cultivated through trading and it supports bilateral relations”.

He pointed out the importance of Japanese style management method “5S” (Organisation, tidying, cleaning, cleanliness, discipline) which is widely used and how it has contributed greatly to the improvement of the quality of the labor force in Sri Lanka. In terms of human resource development, Japan-Sri Lanka Technology and Culture Association (JASTECA) plays a central role,” he said. The Ambassador concluded by assuring the best possible cooperation towards business and investment in Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile, BOI Chairman Sanjaya Mohottala said, “Japan has been a long-standing partner of Sri Lanka’s growth, particularly supporting the country’s infrastructure development and facilitating the exchange of knowledge and technology as a pioneer investor.”

“The Japanese service sector is now presented with a great opportunity to benefit from the economic tailwinds and the growth that Sri Lanka has to offer by taking advantage of the Port City project.”

Sri Lankan Ambassador in Tokyo, Sanjiv Gunasekara said, “There is more that we can do in the way of economic relations between the two countries. Specifically, in the areas of information technology, software development, high tech manufacturing, agriculture and pharmaceutical industry.”

Tadashi Ogura, Chairman, Noritake Co. Ltd, Japan mentioned the advantages of access to priority export markets such as India and Pakistan and the EU.

Rajeeva Bandaranaike, Chief Executive Officer- Colombo Stock Exchange spoke on investing in the Financial Market in Sri Lanka said, “The CSE has been one of the fastest growing markets in the region, giving attractive returns. The Daily Average Market Turnover for the year is at USD 22mn and our valuations at 13.5 times is attractive relative to other markets in the region. Our dividend yield is at 2.4 %, which is higher than most other markets in the region. Corporate profits of our listed companies are at an all time high. Higher returns and lower valuations of the CSE compared to regional peers makes the Colombo Stock Exchange an attractive investment option.”

 

 



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Sri Lanka Tourism introduces e-learning platform for all SLTDA registered tourist guides.

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As an initiative to uplift the reviving tourism industry in the country, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority in collaboration with Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism & Hotel Management (SLITHM) have introduced the continuous professional development (CPD) e-learning platform to all registered guides to enhance their knowledge and skills.

The launch of the continuous professional development (CPD) e-learning platform took place this week under the patronage of Minister of Tourism Prasanna Ranatunga, Secretary of the Ministry S. Hettiarachchi and Sri Lanka Tourism Chairperson Kimarli Fernando.

“Tourist guides play an important role in our tourism sector as they spend a lot of time with visitors from arrival to departure. It is important that our guides stay updated on their professional/technical knowledge and I hope this e-learning platform by Sri Lanka Tourism will help them enhance their knowledge and skills” Sri Lanka Tourism Chairperson Kimarli Fernando shared while the Minister congratulated all the officials who were involved in bringing this initiative to reality.

Knowledge improvement, obtaining expertise knowledge from veterans, develop active participation with guests, improve the link between Tourism institutions & guides are some key objectives of this e-learning platform.

If you are a registered guide with SLTDA, you can now sign up on https://sltda.gov.lk/e-learning/login and avail of the online courses.

A certificate of completion will be given at the end of the course from SLTDA and SLITHM.

 

 

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Impact of Climate Change on marine and fresh water resources and combating water pollution

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Trilateral virtual dialogue among Pathfinder Foundation, Russian International Affairs Council and Asian Confluence

The Pathfinder Foundation (PF) has initiated a trilateral dialogue involving Sri Lanka, India and the Russian Federation to discuss issues of contemporary relevance. The first trilateral dialogue will be held to day 4:30 PM SLST on the “Impact of Climate Change on Marine and Fresh Water Resources and Combating Water Pollution: Best Practices from Russia, Sri Lanka and India”.

For this dialogue, Pathfinder Foundation will be partnering with Russian International Affairs Council and Asian Confluence.

The distinguished panellists for the webinar are, Ambassador GlebIvashentsov, Vice President, Russian International Affairs Council, Ambassador (Retd.) Bernard Goonetilleke, Chairman Pathfinder Foundation, Ambassador. IFS(Retd.) Rajiv Kumar Bhatia, Member Governing Council, The Asian Confluence and Distinguished Fellow, Gateway House,Dr. Anastasia Likhacheva, Director, Centre for Comprehensive European and International Studies, Higher Schoolof Economics, Dr. B. V. R. Punyawardena, Chairman, National Steering Committee on Climate Change Adaptation, Governmentof Sri Lanka, Dr. Fraddry D’Souza, Area ConvenerandFellow, The Coastal Ecology & Marine Resources Centre, TERI Goa,India , Dr. Konstantin Zgurovsky, Senior Advisor, Marine Programme, WWF Russia, Mr. Sarath Premalal, Retired Director General of Meteorology of Sri Lanka and Prof. Vinay Kumar Dadhwal, Director, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology Professor Indira Gandhi Chair, National Institute of Advanced Studies, India

Those who are interested in participating may kindly register at the following link; https://bit.ly/3AZbYAN Program details are available at https://bit.ly/3zdUkY3 . The event will also be live streamed on the PF Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/pathfinderfoundation/

 

 

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Doc990 and MyDoctor partner SLVA to extend accessible veterinary services islandwide

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Sri Lanka’s premier digital health solutions service providers, Doc990 and MyDoctor are now enabling customers to access online veterinary services island-wide in partnership with the Sri Lanka Veterinary Association.

The national professional body serving and representing the interests of the veterinary profession in Sri Lanka, the Sri Lanka Veterinary Association (SLVA), is dedicated to providing continued excellence within the profession of animal medicine and the provision of outstanding care for all animals while also actively creating public awareness of the contribution of veterinarians island-wide.

This collaborative effort with Doc990 and MyDoctor will bring pet owners, owners of farm animals and good Samaritans the ability to access remote video consultations with leading, specialist veterinarians of their choosing, without the hassle of physically entering hospital waiting rooms, transporting animals etc. This timely, contactless service will not only be convenient but also a relief to pet owners and caretakers in the backdrop of travel restrictions as a result of the ongoing global pandemic.

Customers can engage in video consultations with their chosen vet by downloading the Doc990 mobile app from the Google Play Store or the Apple Store. Through its widening network of hospitals and medical services, Doc990 strives to make health care accessible and convenient for all Sri Lankans.

 

 

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