Basil meets diplomatic community, discusses several concerns of bilateral interest

Several diplomats called on the newly appointed Minister of Finance Basil Rajapaksa yesterday (14) at the Ministry of Finance in Colombo.

Finance Minister Rajapaksa met with Ambassadors of China, Russia, Germany, the United States, and the European Union, along with the High Commissioners of the United Kingdom and India.

This was Basil Rajapaksa’s first meeting with the diplomatic community, during which he had said that Sri Lanka aims to create a green economy under the President’s National Policy Framework Vistas of Prosperity and Splendor, and therefore seeks support for the Renewable Energy Promotion Program.

He also noted that the government is focusing on upgrading the infrastructure required for the development of a more eco-friendly transport sector. 

The UK High Commissioner and the EU Ambassador had praised the Sri Lankan Governments’ efforts towards promoting renewable energy and a green economy, whilst both Ambassadors of China and Russia assured to Sri Lanka in their fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Several matters concerning the economic development and recovery in the context of a post-COVID economy were also discussed. 

German Ambassador Holgar Seubert had also assured support to upgrade facilities of German Technical Colleges in Sri Lanka and took to Twitter to confirm the news.

“Had a fruitful meeting with the Honorable Minister for Finance, Basil Rajapaksa, today. Touched on a number of issues of bilateral interest. Germany stands ready to support, wherever possible and reasonable”, Seubert tweeted.

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