China, a friend of Lanka always – Speaker


:A group of Chinese businessmen and investors who arrived in Sri Lanka recently, on an invitation from Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Deputy Minister Sarath Kumara Gunaratne, met Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa at the Parliament premises.

They held discussions on fisheries and agriculture sectors and road and urban development programs in Sri Lanka. They also discussed investment opportunities in Sri Lanka.

The Chinese delegation expressed their delight on the peaceful environment in the country and lauded Sri Lanka’s development achievements within five years following the defeat of terrorism.

“Sri Lanka and China had been very good friends from the distant past. Sri Lanka has received great support from China during times of difficulty and we are looking forward to its assistance in the future as well,” the Speaker said. He said today Sri Lanka has been categorised as a middle-income country with a number of programs launched by the government to raise the living standards of the people.

“It has afforded the people the opportunity of participating in national development at both village and provincial levels,” the Speaker added.

The Chinese investors noted the importance of developing the tourism industry, the island’s road network and launching development projects in the Uva Province. In addition they spoke of their ability to make investments on harbours, airports and expressways. The delegation requested the Sri Lankan government to pay attention on commencing a direct flight service between Sri Lanka and China which will be most helpful to develop the tourism industry and facilitate investment.

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