Sri Lankan President solicits suggestions from industrial and plantation sectors for 2012 budget

Aug 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa has initiated discussions with leaders and representatives of various sectors in the country to obtain ideas and views for the preparation of the 2012 budget due to be tabled in the parliament later this year.

The President will seek input from the plantation sector when he meets with the Minister of Plantation and Industries Mahinda Samarasinghe and the officials of his Ministry this afternoon at the Temple Trees.

Minister Samarasinghe has told the national news agency Lankapuvath that the President is to hold discussions with the representatives of plantation sector trade unions to obtain their views for the preparation of the 2012 budget.

He has said that measures have been taken to increase revenue of institutions under the Ministry in 2012 adding that all sectors have performed in an exemplary manner this year.

The President on Monday met with several representatives of trade associations, economic centers and super markets at the Temple Trees to discuss issues regarding distribution, import and export of products.

Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa, Trade Minister Johnston Fernando, Deputy Minister of Finance Geethanjana Gunawardena and several other Ministry officials were present during the meeting.

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