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Newly Elected 7th Executive President of the
Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
His Excellency Gotabaya Rajapaksa.



Hon. Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn in as the Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka before H.E. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka at the Presidential Secretariat on 21 November 2019


Hon. Dinesh Gunawardena, M.P. was sworn in as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Skills Development, Employment and Labour Relations of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka before H.E. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka at the Presidential Secretariat on 22 November 2019


Presidential Election 2019.






Press Release 3

10th May 2019   

 

Message from Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau. (SLTPB)

 

So strong and resilient Sri Lanka.

As Sri Lanka returns to normalcy after the tragic events of Easter Sunday that interrupted a decade of peace and prosperity in the island, Sri Lanka Tourism is illustrating what Sri Lankans are best at - moving forward. With authorities' strategic operations carried out to contain the situation and the arrest of those responsible Sri Lanka is rapidly returning to normalcy and the industry is readying itself for what was to have been a record mid-season in what Would have been a record year of growth for the tourism industry.

"Tourism is a strategically critical sector in Sri Lanka's ever-expanding economy. It's now the third highest revenue generator for the country and it is estimated that 500,000 individuals depend on it. From the fishermen, to the farmer to the tuk tuk driver to the king coconut seller on the roadside, they all benefit from the tourism industry. On the flip side, thousands of people are directly employed in the hospitality sector. Therefore, many Sri Lankans from various walks of life are stakeholders of the tourism industry. We have seen darker days but have always bounced back, better and stronger. Our resilience as a nation is unrivalled. This is our strength and we will show the world that Sri Lanka will once again be the top destination to visit," explains a confident Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Christian Religious Affairs, Hon. John Amaratunga.

 

Security first.

Ensuring security and safety for everyone in Sri Lanka has been the single focus of the government of Sri Lanka. In the immediate wake of the attack the full force of Sri Lanka's highly experienced Tri forces were deployed across the island and it is confirmed that all the suspects of this small but deadly cell have been identified and apprehended proving again that the advanced capabilities of our military power must never be underestimated. This was an important message and Sri Lanka Tourism was committed to ensuring that the entire Tourism community both at home and across the world was able to hear it. To this end a joint industry press conference was organized on the 6th of May and a full security update was provided by a military spokesperson along with updates by Kishu Gomes Chairman Sri Lanka Tourism and the Presidents of the key industry bodies THASL and SLAITO.

Sri Lanka Tourism chairman led the panel and briefed the different stakeholders on the following;

  1. Sri Lanka Tourism's Emergency response protocol deployment
  2. Information access & dissemination
  3. New safety and security procedures that focus on training people, defining procedure and installing advanced security equipment
  4. Crisis management process & procurement of services
  5. Destination recovery acceleration through focused and strategic marketing
  6. Aggressive promotion strategies
  7. Discussions on concessions and relief packages for the industry

As all Sri Lankans are reassured by the expert skills of our military forces in keeping the island safe from any future threat, so will Sri Lanka Tourism re-inspire confidence in what is Lonely Planet's destination of the year 2019. 'This is a journey governed by focus, clarity, maturity, experience and expertise' asserts Gomes

Ensuring convenience and comfort amidst new security procedures

The Airport has been a primary focus in the government's efforts to ensure complete control of the security of the island and we are grateful to Sri Lankans and visitors alike for understanding that these, unprecedented incidents have resulted in some inconveniences at the Airport especially with respect to pick up and drop off. Sri Lanka Tourism is working with the Air Force and Airport authorities to minimize the inconvenience caused by these improved security procedures. In order to provide a more user-friendly and efficient experience during arrivals, the coach park at the Bandaranayke International Airport (BIA) is now open to permit holders, with 24hr prior confirmation to airport authorities. The terminal car park is now opened to park and pick passengers, with only the limitation of restrictions to the arrival lobby. A Shuttle service is still in operation to ensure convenient travel to the remote car park and a new road has been especially constructed to pick passengers at the arrival terminal. These improvements will reflect well given that Airport arrivals data indicates that we are welcoming an average of 1500-1800 daily arrivals since April 21st .

Onward and upward.

Echoing again the promise it made nearly three weeks ago, Sri Lanka Tourism will not be beaten, and we will not let down the millions of Sri Lankans that depend on the industry for their daily living. This message was delivered loud and clear at ATM 2 weeks ago and reaffirmed at 5th UNWTO  World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism in San Sabastian soon after.

We welcomed the President of the UFTAA's (United Federation of Travel Agents Association) and his arrival has inspired renewed confidence in the destination. This visit comes in relation to the organization's planned mid-year meeting set to take place in Sri Lanka this year, where representatives from over 25 countries will attend.  

In 2019, 34 road shows have been planned out of which 4 already completed. Sri Lanka Tourism will as custodians of the industry move forward with the other 30 as planned.

In addition to the road shows, Sri Lanka Tourism will lead the destination marketing efforts in 62 travel fairs around the world. It has already successfully positioned Sri Lanka as the world's premier holiday destination in 38 fairs to date and will continue to do so with renewed vigor at the balance 24 fairs scheduled in the months ahead.    

While international exposure for Sri Lanka is vital it is just one strategic pillar in the destination marketing strategy. Sponsorships and pre-planned event schedules will also move forward; as such the World Surfing League will still be held in June this year, bringing in a myriad of professional surfers from, all around the world. The Amateaur Golf World Cup, set for the latter half of 2019, set to bring in participants mainly from Europe and Asia, expects to impact over 1 million golf-lovers around the world and establish Sri Lanka as a golfing destination. West Asia Baseball cup 2019 is another sporting activity year-marked for July 2019. Over 600 foreign participants and their families are expected predominantly from South Asia. Moreover, given Sri Lanka's importance as a cultural destination, the Kandy Esala Perehera planned for August is expected to bring in travelers who seek out the historic and cultural aspects of the island's travel experience. The 71st AIESCC International congress is also to be held in Colombo from 5th - 13th July where a large number of members are expected to arrive in Sri Lanka.

 

We have developed a number of ways in which to help the global tourism community, industry stakeholders and global travelers alike understand that the vast majority of the island was unaffected by the attacks of Easter Sunday and that while everyone is deeply shocked by the senseless tragedy and reassured by the heightened security presence, life on the island is as it always has been; warm, generous and deeply rooted in compassion. One such initiative was a special program aimed at foreign travel journalists; five journalists from reputable media houses in Ukraine, Malaysia and Italy visited Kandy, Colombo and the Southern Part of Sri Lanka. Similarly, Sri Lanka Tourism has moved rapidly to ensure that Sri Lanka's ground situation is readily accessible to those planning their itinerary, as current portals may not always carry specific information that tourists may be looking for, given the surplus of incident- specific news in the last few days. In this regard, apart from the planned portal, Sri Lanka Tourism is currently hosting a number of international travel bloggers in the island with reach in over 15 countries around the globe & a combined following of over 1.5 million. The bloggers who plan to do a one-week stay in Sri Lanka, are currently traveling through the island's most popular destinations to give their audiences a real-time look at what traveling through the greater part of Sri Lanka looks like right now. ' There's so much of Sri Lanka to see, experience, and enjoy. It's unfortunate if that gets overshadowed by these isolated events says blogger Jerre Stead from USA. This being a sentiment that is voiced by a number of tourists still flying into the island. The bloggers toured Jaffna, Dambulla, Kandy, and Nuwara Eliya before arriving in Negombo and itinerary specially designed by Sri Lanka Tourism aimed to better educate and promote lesser known attractions throughout the island. The social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Pinterest and Instagrarn have been used by both groups extensively and in an extremely positive light to share what they experienced during their time in Sri Lanka.  

  

In addition to bloggers coming into the island, Sri Lanka is set to participate at the international blogger conference in Italy in early June. The platform will provide maximum exposure to illustrate the island's experience and plans, as well as garner support to strengthen the island's travel campaign for the coming months. It is expected that over 400 bloggers predominantly from the UK and other European countries would attend.

Global expertise and strategic recovery plans

Sri Lanka Tourism is focused on laying the right ground work for rapid recovery and is working with a team of senior international experts in destination reputation management & crisis recovery; this team has successfully worked to mitigate risk for Egypt Tourism, Lufthansa Germanwings among other famous brands. The phased out strategic plan includes 1) Channel management & rapid rebuttal 2) Scenario mapping & planning 3) Customized recovery strategies for key source markets based on global consumer research.

 

'We have already taken all possible steps to demonstrate that Sri Lanka's response to the incident is effective and credible. We are now aggressively planning to reassure the world of our levels of preparedness and setting the groundwork for future reputational recovery work by reassuring tourists that all appropriate steps are being taken by the Sri Lankan Government to prevent any future incidents and ensure the continued safety of tourists within the country. As we do this we are developing a holistic reputation recovery plan based on data and research for each of the key markets, this will be followed by an intensive global marketing campaign to further accelerate the recovery process' said Kishu Gomes Chairman Sri Lanka Tourism.

Media Unit  

Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau. (SLTPB)  No: 80, Galle Road, Colombo 03. Sri Lanka.

Tel: 0112426900 (Ext.: 243)

Web:  http://www.srilanka.travel/

Notice

This is to inform that the official email address of tis Mission has been changed to:

slhc.dhaka@mfa.gov.lk

 

The High Commission of Sri Lanka in Dhaka presents its compliments and would like to inform that the Chancery of this Mission is re located to a new premises from 01.09.2016. For necessary correspondence you are requested to communicate as per the following address:

High Commission of  Sri Lanka-Dhaka
House No. 10
Road No. 62
Gulshan 2
Dhaka 1212.

Information Note

As per the commitments given to the people of Sri Lanka, to strengthen good governance; promote, protect and uphold human rights; foster reconciliation; and strengthen the rule of law and democracy; in the follow-up to the Presidential Election of 8 January 2015, the Government, following the Presidential Election and the Parliamentary Election of August 2015„ proposed the setting up of several mechanisms, namely,-an Office of Missing Persons-a Truth, Justice, Reconciliation and Non-Recurrence Commission-a Judicial Mechanism with a Special Counsel, and-an Office of Reparations .It was also stated that these mechanisms will be evolved through a process of wide consultations involving all stakeholders, including victims

 

Please refer:

http://www.mfa.gov.lk/index.php/en/media/media-releases /unhrc2015/6200-slfm-hrc30

Page 14 onwards of Hansard:

http://www.parliament.lk/uploads/documents/handsard/1443418220088147.pdf

Subsequently, a Secretariat for Coordinating Reconciliation Mechanisms (SCRM) was appointed with the approval of the Cabinet of Ministers for the coordination of the public consultation process and the design and establishment of relevant mechanisms thereafter. The Secretariat, comes under the Prime Minister's Office, and was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers on 18 December 2015. The Secretariat is headed by Secretary-General Mr. Mario Tittawella. Consultation Task Force (CTF) on Reconciliation on Mechanisms A Consultation Task force comprising of 11 civil society members was appointed thereafter, to seek the views of the public on the proposed reconciliation mechanism and any other views pertaining to reconciliation mechanisms. Composition: CIF is drawn entirely from civil society and is an independent body.

 

On 26 January 2016 the Prime Minister appointed the following:- Chair: Manouri Muttetuwegama; Secretary: Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu; Members: Dr. Farzana Haniffa, Prof. Sitralega MaUnaguru, Mirak Raheem, Gamin' Viyangoda, Ms. Shantha Abimanasingham'kc., Prof. Gameela Sarnarasinghe, Ms Visaka Dharmadasa, K.W. Janaranjana, Prof. Daya Somasundaram. Mandate:To consult Members of the public on the processes and mechanisms for reconciliation in Srilanka and seek suggestions for the design of I.Office of Missing Persons II.Truth, Justice, Reconciliation and Non-Recurrence Commission III.Judicial Mechanism  IV.Office of Reparations

Methodology:

To gather public views in the on the process and mechanism for reconciliation.

Sectoral Consultation

Zonal Task Forces

       Submission

 

To ensure national participation in the consultation process with various sectors such as:

  • Religious community security Sector
  • Professional Associations Political parties
  • Media, etc

 

To ensure public legitimacy ownership and participation & to give voice to victims
from various ethno-religious communities in different parts of the country. 15 Zonal Task Forces representing All districts & Provinces are to hold.

  • Public are to hold
  • Focus group discussions
  • Individual meetings

 

 

Direct submissions to the Consultation Task Force relating to mechanism for reconciliation may be made via :

  • Post
  • Email
  • Online submission of web form

 

Zonal Task Forces The CTE finalized appointment of members of the Zonal Task Forces (ZTF) at the end of May 2016. 6 to 8 LIE members selected from 15 geographical zones on basis of Gender balance Ethnic and religious representation Members' leadership roles in society Experience in working on issues related to human rights, reconciliation and peace

The ZTFs will operate in the following 15 zones

  1. 1.Jaffna District
  2. 2.Killinochchl District
  3. 3.Mullaitivu District
  4. 4.Mannar District
  5. 5.Vavuniya District
  6. 6.Trincomalee District
  7. 7.Batticaloa District
  8. 8.Ampara District
  1. 9.North Central Province
  2. 10. North Western Province
  3. 11.Central Provinc
  4. 12.Western Province
  5. 13.Uva Province
  6. 14.Sabaragurnuwa Province
  7. 15.Southern Province

Consultation Process

ZIF are responsible for conducting consultations on the reconciliation mechanisms proposed by GOSL. They would consist of public meetings and focus group discussions (GDs) in each of the above zones. ZIFs are expected to commence public sittings in July 2016 and would submit a zonal level report to the CTF after consultations conclude' in August 2016.

 

The Report

The Report of the OT will be handed over to the Government at the conclusion of the consultation process. it is, expected that the Report, upon conclusion of consultations in August 2016, will be handed over in September 2016.

 

For more information:http://scrm.gov.lk

PUBLIC DAY

Sri Lankan High Commission in Bangladesh has taken steps to cancel the issuance of a ‘No Objection Certificate’ for Sri Lankan nationals for extending their residence visas with effect from 01 June 2016. The cancellation comes following series of deliberations with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka and the relevant authorities of the Government of Bangladesh as this practice has inconvenienced many a Sri Lankan employed/pursuing studies in Bangladesh. However in order to keep a continuous dialogue and engagement with the Sri Lankan community in Bangladesh, the High Commission has decided to initiate a ‘ Public Day’, once a week during which the community members may meet H.E the High Commissioner and High Commission officials to discuss any matter. Further information will be circulated amongst the community soon.

09 June 2016Sri Lanka High Commission Dhaka.

09 June 2016Sri Lanka High Commission Dhaka.

09 June 2016Sri Lanka High Commission Dhaka.

09 June 2016Sri Lanka High Commission Dhaka.

 


VISIT OF HON.SPEAKER TO BANGLADESH

Hon. Karu Jayasuriya Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka undertook a three day visit to Bangladesh from 03 rd – 6 th June 2016. On the invitation of Sri Lankan community in Bangladesh, Hon. Speaker inaugurated the pinnacle of a Sri Lankan style stupa built with the donations of Sri Lankan community in Bangladesh in Ashulia Temple in Savar. The High Commission in Sri Lanka facilitated the visit.

During Hon.Speaker’s visit, he paid a courtesy call on Bangladesh President H.E Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban in Dhaka. The Speaker was accompanied by Secretary General of Parliament Dhammika Dassanayake and the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Bangladesh H.E Yasoja Gunasekera. The two leaders had discussions on a wide range of topics concerning the two countries such as trade, increasing two way investment and people to people contact. Hon. Karu Jayasuriya apprised the President of the recent developments in Sri Lanka and informed the President that Sri Lanka-Bangladesh Parliamentary Friendship Group will be formed in Sri Lankan Parliament on 9 June.

Hon.Speaker also called on Hon. Advocate Md. Fazle Rabbi Miah, MP, Deputy Speaker, Leader of the Opposition Hon. Raushan Ershad, MP , and Hon.Saber Choudhary, Chairman of International Parliamentary Union. He also met with Dhaka University (DU) Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. AAMS Arefin Siddique.

During his stay, Hon. Speaker visited the National Mausoleum in Savar and paid tribute to National War Heroes of Bangladesh, paid a visit to Bangabandu Museum and visited the Central Shaheed Minar where he paid homage to the Language Movement heroes by placing a floral wreath.

 

06 June 2016


VESAK COMMEMORATION LECTURE

The High Commission of India and the High Commission of Sri Lanka in Bangladesh jointly organized a lecture by Professor Sukomal Barua on Buddhist Culture and Civilization in South and South East Asia on 31 May 2016 at 1030 hours at the Indira Gandhi Cultural Center, No.35, Road No. 24, Gulshan-1, Dhaka. High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Bangladesh, H.E. Ms. Yasoja Gunasekera and Acting High Commissioner of India, Dr. Adarsh Swaika were present on the occasion.

Professor Sukomal Barua is the Founder and former Chairman of the Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies at the University of Dhaka. He is also the Founder Director of the Centre for Buddhist Heritage and Culture at the University of Dhaka and President of the World Buddhist Federation of the Bangladesh Chapter.

The lecture was well attended by members of the diplomatic corps and Buddhist scholars.

 


Dhaka
01 June 2016


FLOOD RELIEF IN SRI LANKA

The Embassy of Sri Lanka wishes to express deep appreciation and gratitude for Sri Lankans and other well-wishers in Bangladesh for making financial contributions as well as relief materials towards the flood relief efforts of the Government of Sri Lanka in response to information circulated by the High Commission of Sri Lanka on May 22, 2016. The list of the contributors as at June 9, 2016 is appended below :

All funds and material received have been transmitted to the Ministry of Disaster Management to further strengthen the efforts of the Government and its ongoing flood relief measures and post - disaster relief operations.

The donors who are yet to make financial contributions for this purpose can continue to contact the High Commission.

High Commission of Sri Lanka
Dhaka, June 9, 2016

    Financial contributions
  1. Employees of Univouge Garments Co.ltd
  2. Employees of Universal Mens wear Pvt Ltd
  3. Mr.Anil Weerakkody -News print packaging pvt Ltd
  4. Mr.Harikesha Wijesekara -Royal park Ltd
  5. Mr.Lalindra Yahatugoda
  6. Mr.Lal Udagedara
  7. Mr.Ajith De Siva & Mr.Dilip De Silva
  8. Mr.Faraz Shamsudeen
  9. Mrs. Reeta Dodangoda
  10. Mr.Charitha De Costa
  11. Employees of AB Securitas bd ltd
  12. Mr.Imran
  13. Mr.Anura Hewaarachchi
  14. Mr.Shamim Ahmed
    Flood relief material contributions
  1. Royal park Residence Hotel, Bangladesh
  2. American & E fird LTD, Bangladesh.( Mr.Angelo Leanage)
  3. Armana Group, Bangladesh.
  4. Utah Group of Company, Bangladesh.
  5. APL Logistics, Bangladesh.
  6. Mr.Lal Kenny Udagedara.
  7. MAS Direct Brands (Mr.Mangala)
  8. CTN Bangladesh (Ms.Tharanga)
  9. Mr. Imran
  10. Mr.Heshanth Fernando (M&S)
 
Welcome to the web portal of the High Commission of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka in Bangladesh. This site has been set up to provide an insight of a wide array of subjects that would be useful to the visitors and harness the mutual cooperation and ties between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
 

Sri Lanka attends ICC Conference on Global Economic recovery in Dhaka

Export Development Board of Sri Lanka led a Trade delegation from Sri Lanka to participate at the International Chamber of Commerce Conference on Global Economic Recovery which was held in Dhaka during 25-26th October 2014.

During the sidelines of the Conference, nine Sri Lankan companies included in the delegation participated in two Business Match-Making sessions with the members of the Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) and the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) at two events on 27th October 2014. The participating companies represented printed packaging products, garment and textile accessories, IT and education, food processing and electric cable sectors. The delegation also met with the senior officials of the Board of Investment of Bangladesh and Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association.

During their interactions with Bangladesh entrepreneurs, the Sri Lankan business personnel expressed their keen interest to invest in the potential sectors of Bangladesh. Both sides agreed that despite sharing similar basket of export goods, there is a need to complement each other’s products than to compete for the same products.

In addition to the Chamber interactions, the Export Development Board had organized separate Meeting sessions for the 12-member delegation with individual companies in collaboration with the High Commission of Sri Lanka in Bangladesh. Sri Lanka High Commission in Bangladesh had also organized an interaction for the visiting delegation with the Sri Lankan entrepreneurs already established in Bangladesh on the evening of 26th October.


Interaction with the Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Mr. Qazi Uddin, President of FBCCI and Actg. High Commissioner of Sri Lanka, Mr.A.G Abeysekera and Ms.Chandani Rathnayake of Sri Lanka Export Development Board present at the event.


Meeting with the senior officials of Board of Investment of Bangladesh and the visiting Delegation

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