Update on the alleged incident relating to Swiss Embassy staff member

The Government of Sri Lanka, having taken serious note of the alleged criminal incident concerning a locally recruited staff member of the Swiss Embassy in Colombo, on Monday, 25 November 2019, immediately ordered a thorough investigation into this matter.

This evening (1 December 2019) Secretary/Foreign Relations Ravinatha Aryasinha together with Secretary/Defence Major General (Retd.) Kamal Gunaratne and relevant officials met with the Ambassador for Switzerland in Sri Lanka Hanspeter Mock and the Deputy Chief of Mission, and briefed them on the results of the investigation by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Police.

While the Embassy had not presented the alleged victim to be interviewed by the law enforcement officials despite their request to do so, based on the information provided by the Swiss Mission on Friday 29 November 2019, the investigation was nevertheless conducted. The Ambassador was presented with clear evidence that the sequence of events and timeline of the alleged incident, as formally presented by the Swiss Mission on behalf of the alleged victim to the CID, did not in any way correspond with the actual movements of the alleged victim on that date, as borne out by witness interviews and technical evidence, including Uber records, CCTV footage, telephone records and the GPS data.

In light of the incontrovertible evidence presented by the law enforcement authorities to the Swiss Mission, it was underlined that further investigations would need to be continued to ascertain the actual facts surrounding this allegation, for which the alleged victim will have to be interviewed by the law enforcement authorities. Given that the alleged victim had also claimed that she had sustained injuries during the alleged abduction, it was noted that she should be presented for a medical examination by a Judicial Medical Officer in Sri Lanka.

The Embassy has been requested to cooperate fully with the Government of Sri Lanka to establish the veracity of the claims relating to this alleged incident.

Ministry of Foreign Relations

Colombo

1 December 2019

Address to the 74th UN General Assembly by Mr. Ravinatha P Aryasinha, Secretary, Foreign Affairs and Leader of the Delegation of Sri Lanka

 

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Address to the 74th UN General Assembly by Mr. Ravinatha P Aryasinha,

Secretary, Foreign Affairs and Leader of the Delegation of Sri Lanka

30th September 2019

Mr. President,

Mr. Secretary-General,

Excellencies,

Distinguished delegates,

Ladies and gentlemen,

It is indeed an honour to participate in the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) representing Sri Lanka. H.E. Maithripala Sirisena, President of Sri Lanka, regrets very much his inability to have attended this Session.

Permit me to warmly congratulate H.E. Prof. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, President of the 74th session of the UNGA, on his election. Undoubtedly his longstanding experience will guide the work of this august assembly to a successful conclusion. Let me also thank the outgoing President H.E. Ms. María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés for successfully conducting the work of the last session.

I wish to extend Sri Lanka’s appreciation to Secretary-General António Guterres for his sagacious leadership and untiring efforts in achieving the objectives of the United Nations.

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SRI LANKA SEEKS ASSISTANCE IN PREVENTING VIOLENT EXTREMISM

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Sri Lanka has sought expertise in preventing violent extremism (PVE) from the Global Community Engagement & Resilience Fund (GCERF), in the post Easter Sunday scenario where violent extremism has become the biggest threat to national security. At the invitation of the Foreign Ministry, the Executive Director of GCERF, Dr. Khalid Koser was in Sri Lanka from 27 – 30 August, and met with political leaders, senior officials and other stakeholders with a view to ascertain possible programmes for GCERF assistance.

During his meeting with Dr. Koser on Thursday 29 August, Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana who appreciated Dr. Koser’s presence in Sri Lanka, pointed out that addressing this issue in Sri Lanka must be done in the context where the majority Sri Lankan Muslim community has collaborated with the Government in apprehending the culprits connected to the dastardly attacks on Easter Sunday. The Minister further highlighted the value of community policing where extreme elements must be identified and dealt with at the early stages of radicalization. He further emphasized that the ordinary Sri Lankan populace is not extremist, but that vulnerable elements can be manipulated by interested parties in attempts to flare up situations for ulterior motives. The Minister also raised the dilemma of dealing with individuals who return from conflict areas, which is an issue faced by many countries.

Dr. Koser underlined that national ownership, effective coordination and the local context for any PVE programme is central to GCERF assistance. He further briefed about GCERF engagement in comparable situations in Bangladesh, Tunisia, Mali, Nigeria, Kenya, the Philippines and Myanmar.

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FOREIGN SECRETARY ARYASINHA SAYS POST 21/4 A ‘LITMUS TEST’ FOR SRI LANKA IN PROTECTING HUMAN RIGHTS WHILE FIGHTING TERRORISM

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Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha said post 21/4 has been a ‘litmus test’ on Sri Lanka’s resolve to adhere to human rights standards, while fighting terrorism, and also to determine the robustness and shortcomings of the democratic institutions that have been strengthened in recent years.

The Foreign Secretary made this observation when he delivered the Valedictory Address on the theme ‘Lessons Learnt in Dealing with the Challenges Faced by Sri Lanka in the Aftermath of 21/4’, at the conclusion of the 9th Colombo Defence Seminar – 2019, held at the BMICH on Friday (30 August 2019). Nearly 800 persons, including eminent practitioners and scholars from 40 countries, as well as representatives of the armed forces, diplomats and defense analysts within Sri Lanka, attended the two day Seminar. The Foreign Secretary commended the Sri Lanka Army for the organization of this annual event, which has become an internationally recognized forum for intellectual exchange and discussion on issues of contemporary relevance, particularly related to strategic issues and security – nationally, regionally and internationally.

Noting that this year’s Colombo Defense Seminar on the theme ‘Evolving Military Excellence in the Contemporary Security Landscape’, takes place in the backdrop of the Easter Sunday Terror Attacks, Mr. Aryasinha emphasized that countries challenged by terrorism, “must  ‘fight terrorism’ and ‘protect human rights’ simultaneously, and not sacrifice one at the altar of the other”. He noted that this very delicate balance has often been elusive – with states veering towards one extreme or the other, applying double standards to similar situations and often politicizing these issues. Stating that the recovery over the past 4 months has demanded “a stronger than ever before ‘whole of government’ approach” – one in which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been integrally involved, in his address the Foreign Secretary focused on the chain of developments that took place in the country since 21/4, in order to bring normalcy and economic recovery back to Sri Lanka.

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JOINT PRESS RELEASE FOLLOWING THE MEETING OF THE EUROPEAN UNION-SRI LANKA 4TH WORKING GROUP ON GOOD GOVERNANCE, RULE OF LAW AND HUMAN RIGHTS

06 09 2019 joint press release

The fourth meeting of the Working Group on Governance, Rule of Law and Human Rights under the European Union-Sri Lanka Joint Commission was held in Colombo on 30 August 2019.

The meeting took place in the context of regular bilateral exchanges between the European Union and Sri Lanka, and readmission to the EU GSP+ scheme, in light of Sri Lanka’s commitment to implement the international conventions ratified by Sri Lanka on human rights, labour rights, the protection of the environment and good governance.

The EU welcomed progress made in protecting and promoting human rights and fundamental freedoms in the country, and called for continuation and consolidation of these achievements in the future. Furthermore, advancing the rights of women and children, enforcing non-discrimination on any grounds, addressing the rights of persons belonging to minorities, finalising the return of land, were discussed. Progress on implementation of the zero-tolerance of torture was reviewed.

The EU also reiterated its opposition to the use of the death penalty in all circumstances and encouraged Sri Lanka to maintain its moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty. Sri Lanka’s efforts in strengthening institutions, policies and legislation to fight corruption were welcomed.

The Joint Working Group discussed matters related to minorities and measures to address hate speech, as well as, radicalization and violent extremism. In the context of the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks, EU and Sri Lanka have agreed to strengthen cooperation and dialogue on counter-terrorism in the aftermath of the attacks. The need for new counter-terrorism legislation in line with international standards and human rights was stressed.

The Working Group reaffirmed its commitment to promote and protect human rights domestically and globally and to collaborate on the effective implementation of international human rights instruments. The conclusions and recommendations of the Working Group will be reported to the EU-Sri Lanka Joint Commission to be held in Colombo.

The delegation of Sri Lanka was led by Ms. Dhammika Semasinghe, Director-General for European Union and Commonwealth Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka. The delegation of the European Union was led by Ms Caroline Vinot, Head of Division for Regional Affairs and South Asia of the European External Action Service.

Courtesy : www.mfa.gov.lk

31 August 2019,

 Ministry of Foreign Affairs,

Colombo

President Duterte confers Order of Sikatuna on Ambassador Aruni Ranaraja

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Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Philippines, Aruni Ranaraja was conferred the Order of Sikatuna, with the rank of Grand Cross (Datu), gold distinction by President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Roa Duterte on 18 June 2019 during a farewell call paid by the Ambassador at the Malacañan Palace in Manila.

The Order of Sikatuna was established in 1953 and is conferred by the President of the Philippines to give recognition to individuals who have rendered exceptional and meritorious services to the Republic of the Philippines and to diplomats, officials and nationals of foreign States who have rendered conspicuous services in fostering, developing, and strengthening relations between their country and the Philippines as well as personnel of the Department of Foreign Affairs, both in the Home Office and in the Foreign Office.

With the rank of Grand Cross (Datu), gold distinction, the Order of Sikatuna has been awarded to Ambassador Ranaraja in recognition of her major contributions in further strengthening the cordial relations between Sri Lanka and the Philippines as well as her role in facilitating the State Visit of President Maithripala Sirisena to the Philippines in January 2019 which opened a new chapter of enhanced and robust relations between the two countries.

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The Secretary-General’s statement on the postponement of CoP18

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The Secretariat regrets to announce that the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP18), originally scheduled to take place from 23 May to 3 June in Colombo, Sri Lanka, as well as the associated 71st and 72nd meetings of the Standing Committee, are being postponed. This decision has been taken out of respect for the victims of the recent attacks and the recognition by the Standing Committee, the Secretariat and the United Nations Department of Safety and Security of the time needed for the Government of Sri Lanka to address the current situation in the country.

We are fully committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all delegates. The Secretariat is monitoring the situation closely in consultation with the Sri Lankan authorities and the United Nations Department of Safety and Security. The Conference of the Parties has chosen Sri Lanka as next host Party and we are deeply grateful for the efforts Sri Lanka has made thus far as host.  The Secretariat will be working with Sri Lanka to try and honour this choice in consultation with the UN Department of Safety and Security and the CITES Standing Committee.

Our support and solidarity remain with the people of Sri Lanka and all of those who have suffered losses from these tragic events.

We will make further information about CoP18 available as soon as possible. Meanwhile, the Secretariat continues to work on advancing the many substantive issues as mandated by the Conference of the Parties.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Ivonne Higuero
Secretary-General
26 April 2019

STATEMENT FROM SRI LANKA TOURISM (SLTDA & SLTPB)

http://www.sltda.lk/emergency

 

Following the acts of terror that took place on Easter Sunday, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) and Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) have continued to engage with high-level government officials and tourism stakeholders in order to assess the current situation and have taken necessary steps to ensure all possible assistance is provided to tourists in need of help.

Sri Lanka Tourism is deeply shocked and saddened by the senseless violence and unreservedly condemns these dastardly acts. We offer our deepest sympathies and condolences to all the victims and their families, while wishing a speedy recovery to all those injured and currently receiving treatment.

In the immediate aftermath of the explosions Sri Lanka Tourism deployed trained emergency response teams and its representatives at hospitals, affected hotels and the airport to assist tourists in any way possible including hotel transfers, airline bookings, airport transfers, itinerary changes, hospital treatment, contacting their loved ones and reuniting missing family members through diplomatic channels.

In addition, a 24-hour emergency support desk has been established and can be accessed as follows;

Emergency local hotline number to assist tourists currently in Sri Lanka – 1912

Emergency hotline to assist families of affected foreign nationals +94 11 2322485

Sri Lanka Tourism wishes to assure tourists who are already in the country and unaffected by the terror attacks that the police, tourism police and security forces are jointly implementing a comprehensive security plan to ensure their safety across the island including all important tourism sites. Meanwhile a security briefing was held on 22nd April for hotel owners and operators on the new safety measures that are being rolled out and to seek their cooperation in strengthening security at hotels and resorts.

Sri Lanka Tourism would like to reassure the world that the country is open for business and all possible measures have been taken to ensure the safety and security of tourists. Our world famous tourism sites, hotels, resorts and other tourist attractions will remain open as usual. There are no road closures or restrictions on movement anywhere in the island.

Sri Lanka is a proudly diverse nation which celebrates its multicultural nature. Since the end of the war a decade ago, Sri Lanka has enjoyed absolute peace and it will do everything within its power to maintain the peace that every Sri Lankan cherishes and rebuild what has been destroyed with renewed vigour. There is no place for terrorism of any kind in Sri Lanka and whoever that is responsible for the Easter Sunday violence will be hunted down and punished in the strongest possible manner.

Sri Lanka Tourism looks forward to warmly welcome all those who have planned trips to the country in the days, weeks and months ahead.

Ministry of Tourism Development, Wildlife and Christian Religious Affairs

No. 78, Galle Road, Colombo 3, Sri Lanka

Office: +94112382206

Fax: +94112382218

Mobile: +94 777 354 794

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Web: www.tourismmin.gov.lk | www.srilanka.travel

Update on foreign national casualties at explosions in Sri Lanka

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Update on foreign national casualties at explosions in Sri Lanka–06 May 2019

 

As at Monday, 06 May 2019 1600 hours, the number of foreign nationals who have been identified as killed is 44. The fatalities were: one (01) from Bangladesh, six (06) from China, eleven (11) from India (10 Indian nationals and 01 Sri Lanka Passport holder with Overseas Citizen of India status), three (03) from Denmark, one (01) from Japan, one (01) from the Netherlands, one (01) from Portugal, two (02) from Saudi Arabia, two (02) from Spain, one (01) from Switzerland, two (02) from Turkey, six (06) from the UK, one (01) from USA, two (02) holding US and UK nationalities, one (01) holding Swiss and Dutch nationalities, one (01) holding Dutch and Sri Lankan nationalities, and two (02) holding Australian and Sri Lankan nationalities.

Human remains of 31 foreign nationals have been repatriated to date.

Additionally, 10 foreign nationals are unaccounted for at present, and could be among the unidentified victims at the Colombo Judicial Medical Officer’s mortuary.

The Ministry continues to liaise with the JMO office and Diplomatic Missions concerned in the identification and repatriation of human remains.

Representatives of the relevant Sri Lanka Missions in the countries concerned attended funerals and memorial services of the victims and expressed condolences on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka. Official condolence messages were sent by the Heads of Mission to the bereaved families. All over the world, many, including political leaders and dignitaries visited Sri Lanka Missions to sign the books of condolence, expressing sympathy and solidarity with Sri Lanka at its time of grief.  Sri Lankan expatriates joined interfaith religious observances including candle light vigils organized by Sri Lanka Missions in memory of those who were killed in the Easter Sunday terror attacks.   

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Colombo

06 May 2019

President condemns dastardly attack and calls for restraint and patience Orders swift investigations to find culprits behind conspiracy

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මේ අවස්ථාවේදී සන්සුන්ව කටයුතු කරන ලෙසත්, පිපිරීම් පිළිබඳ පරීක්ෂණ සඳහා සියලු ජනතාවගේ සහය අපේක්ෂා කරන බවත්, මේ සම්බන්ධයෙන් රජයේ වගකීම නොපිරිහෙලා ඉටුකරන බවත් ජනපතිතුමන් විශේෂ ප්‍රකාශයක් කරමින් කියයි.

நாட்டில் துயரமான சம்பவம் ஒன்று ஏற்பட்டுள்ள பின்னணியில் மக்கள் அமைதி காக்கும் அதேவேளை, விசாரணைகளுக்கு தமது பூரண ஒத்துழைப்பை பெற்றுக்கொடுக்குமாறும் இந்த சம்பவம் தொடர்பில் துரித விசாரணைகளை மேற்கொள்ள அரசாங்கம் நடவடிக்கை எடுத்துள்ளதாகவும் ஜனாதிபதி அவர்கள் தனது விசேட அறிக்கையில் தெரிவித்துள்ளார்.

The President says that he will expect all the people's support for the explosions in this situation. The President says that he will fulfill the responsibility of all the people in this regard.

In the country, the people who are in the background of a sad incident are the ones who are saving the peace of the people, and the people who have taken the government action to get the fast investigations in the connection, the president has given their special report.

President's Twitter Message

President's Media Division News 

President's Media Unit

21 April 2019

Sri Lanka

 

Colombo International Logistics Conference 2019: 01st – 02nd August 2019 Colombo, Sri Lanka

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The prospective logistics and freight forwarding related companies and organizations in the Maritime sector, are invited to participate at the first ever Colombo International Logistics Conference scheduled to be held on 01st and 02nd August 2019 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka is known as a mega transhipment location in South Asia. The port of Colombo is the fastest growing port among major ports around the world, with the rank of 11th best connected port in the world. Situated in the middle of the Indian Ocean, connecting multiple continents and reaching out to billions of people, many have not realized that the island nation sitting next to the major market of India, is probably the best geographical position for logistics, distribution and storage of both bulk and containerized cargo. Sri Lanka has very flexible and an investor friendly environment through its commercial hub act opening the country for logistics FDI with least procedures for international investments. In addition, it has three major ocean ports being extensively developed for variety of purposes and connectivity. Colombo being the main container transhipment port is the only main South Asian port, closest to the East-West shipping route that is well equipped for the 21st Century mega container ships.

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Registration of Suppliers to Supply of Coal for Lakvijaya Power Plant Norochcholi, Sri Lanka

The Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy on behalf of Lanka Coal Company (Pvt) Ltd., has called for sealed applications for registration of Coal Suppliers to supply Coal for the 900MW Lakvijaya Coal Power Plant in Puttalam, Sri Lanka. Lakvijaya Coal Power Plant requires 2.25+10 % Million MT of coal every year.

The registration will be done for three years and can be renewed after evaluation on the criteria for registration. Once registered, the plant will call bids only from those who have registered. More information is available in the website of Lanka Coal Company (Pvt) Ltd. at http://www.lankacoal.lk/

The Applications in prescribed format could be obtained by interested applicants on submission of a written request from the principles from 09.00 AM to 04.00 PM (Sri Lanka Standard Time) on working days from following address. No charge is applicable to collect the Application forms.

Lanka Coal Company (Private) Limited

51/3, Suranimala Place, Off-Dutugemunu Street,

Kohuwala, Dehiwala, Sri Lanka. 10350

Application shall be submitted by hand or sent by courier to the same address. There is no deadline for submission of applications.

 

Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka

Geneva

25th February 2019

Invitation for Registration as a Foreign Contractor

Construction Industry Development Authority of Sri Lanka, which is the regulatory authority of the Construction Industry in Sri Lanka, has been mandated to register the Foreign Contractors involved in identified construction work, in order to maintain the standards of the Construction Industry.  

The Foreign Contractors who have already engaged in the Construction Industry in Sri Lanka and those who intend to undertake construction projects in Sri Lanka are invited to obtain official registration from the Construction Industry Development Authority of Sri Lanka.

Related documents:

  1. Application for temporary registration as a Foreign Contractor
  2. Instruction for temporary registration as a Foreign Contractor
  3. Regulations on registration of Foreign Contractors
  4. Construction Industry Development Act, No. 33 of 2014

For more details, please browse http://www.cida.gov.lk

Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka

Geneva

22 January 2019

Address by H.E. Maithripala Sirisena, President of Sri Lanka at the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly

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Address by H.E. Maithripala Sirisena, President of Sri Lanka at the 73rd Session of the

United Nations General Assembly

25 September 2018, New York

May the Noble Triple Gem bless all of you !

Mr. President,

Mr. Secretary-General,

Distinguished Heads of State,

Distinguished Delegates,

Friends,

I am extremely pleased to participate in the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly representing Sri Lanka for the fourth consecutive occasion.  Sri Lanka, as a Member State of the United Nations, is fully committed to adhere to its Charter, Conventions and Agreements and their implementation.

As Head of State, I am pleased to note the progress that has been made by Sri Lanka and my government during the past three-and-a-half years. When I was elected by the people of Sri Lanka as Head of State in January 2015, the Executive Office that I hold today, had excessive powers, which were comparable to those of a king, or even an emperor.  I am pleased to state that I was able to relinquish these emperor-like excessive powers and transfer them to the Parliament of Sri Lanka, fulfilling the utmost duty of an elected leader.

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President Maithripala Sirisena leads Sri Lanka delegation to the 4th BIMSTEC Summit; Sri Lanka to receive BIMSTEC Chairmanship

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President Maithripala Sirisena will lead the Sri Lanka Delegation to the 4th Summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multisectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), which will be held from 30-31 August 2018 in Kathmandu.  At the conclusion of the Summit, the Chairmanship of BIMSTEC will be handed over to Sri Lanka by the current Chair, Nepal.

The Summit, which also includes a retreat of the participating Heads of State and Government will be preceded by the Sixteenth BIMSTEC Ministerial Meeting and the Nineteenth Session of the BIMSTEC Senior Officials’ Meeting.

The Presidents of Sri Lanka and Myanmar, the Prime Ministers of India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Thailand, and the Chief Advisor of the Government of Bhutan will be leading their respective delegations to the Summit. The leaders are to adopt the 4th BIMSTEC Summit Declaration: "Towards a Peaceful, Prosperous and Sustainable Bay of Bengal Region" on 31 August at the conclusion of the Summit.

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Forging stronger ties between Switzerland and Sri Lanka

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Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga, Head of the Federal Department of Justice and Police of the Swiss Confederation undertook a three-day visit to Sri Lanka, during which she called on President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.  

The main highlight of the visit was the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Swiss Confederation on the establishment of a Migration Partnership.

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Procurement Notice for the Supply of Medical Items – 31 July 2018

The State Pharmaceuticals Corporation of Sri Lanka has called for International Competitive Bids for the supply of following Medical Items to the Department of Health Services.

Bidding Documents are available to prospective bidders on working days between 0930 hours to 1500 hours at the Head Office, No.75, Sir Baron Jayatillake Mawatha, Colombo 01, Sri Lanka. Sealed bids to be sent to receive by the Internal Audit Department of the State Pharmaceuticals Corporation at No. 75, Sir Baron Jayatillake Mawatha, Colombo 1, Sri Lanka on or before the dates specified in each of the procurement notice attached.

DHS/SUS/WW/150/19 - Molar Band with prewelded triple tube, various sizes

DHS/SUS/WW/151/19 - Surgical Non Consumables

DHS/SUS/WW/152/19 - Surgical Non Consumables

DHS/SUS/WW/153/19 - Forceps, various types

DHS/SUS/WW/154/19 - Digital Cholangio-pancreatoscope acess & delivery catheter  and Biopsy Forceps

DHS/SUS/WW/155/19 - Drug Eluting Coronary Stent, various sizes

DHS/SUS/WW/156/19 - Locking Reconstruction Plates with Screws, various sizes

DHS/SUS/WW/157/19 - Dental Instruments

DHS/SUS/WW/158/19 - Pencil Point Spinal Needle, Pheripheral Nerve Stimulator Needle, Nasopharyngeal Air Way & Laryngeal Mask Air Way

DHS/SUS/WW/159/19 - Preformed Arch Wires Progressive Various sizes

DHS/SUS/WW/160/19 - Blood Lines Set for Haemodialysis

DHS/SUS/WW/161/19 - Amniotic Membrane Perforator, Modified Shepard Intrauterine Insemination Catheter & Ball Electrode

DHS/SUS/WW/162/19 - Micro Hand Plating for Implants Various sizes

Bid Notices

More details on these procurement notices could be obtained from,

 

CHAIRMAN- DEPARTMENTAL PROCUREMENT COMMITTEE

STATE PHARMACEUTICALS CORPORATION OF SRI LANKA

75, SIR BARON JAYATILLAKE MAWATHA

COLOMBO 1

SRI LANKA.

TEL/FAX: 00 94-11- 2335008                  

E-MAIL: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka

Geneva

31 July 2018

Interview with Chairperson of the Office on Missing Persons (OMP)

An Interview given by Mr Saliya Pieris, Chairperson of the Office on Missing Persons (OMP) to the " 99 minutes" Programme of  the Rupavahini channel could be accessed via following URL: 

https://youtu.be/-lvXhSg9Rdk

 

Public Communications Division

Ministry of Foreign Affairs 

Colombo 

12 July 2018

JOINT PRESS STATEMENT ON THE OFFICIAL VISIT OF HIS EXCELLENCY GENERAL PRAYUT CHAN-O-CHA, PRIME MINISTER OF THE KINGDOM OF THAILAND TO THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA, 12-13 JULY 2018

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His Excellency General Prayut Chan-o-Cha, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, and his delegation paid an Official Visit to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka from 12 to 13 July 2018 at the invitation of His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.

The Prime Minister of Thailand and the President of Sri Lanka had bilateral discussions on 12 July 2018, covering a wide range of issues including political, economic, technical, agricultural, fisheries, cultural, religious, tourism, as well as regional and multilateral cooperation. The two leaders noted with satisfaction the continued close and cordial relations between Thailand and Sri Lanka. Both sides reaffirmed their commitment to further strengthen the existing ties to a higher level of strategic economic partnership. During the discussions, the two leaders also recalled the successful outcome of the Official Visit of the President of Sri Lanka to Thailand in November 2015.

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MEDIA RELEASE ON A LIST OF NAMES PUBLISHED ONLINE BY THE ITJP - INTERNATIONAL TRUTH AND JUSTICE PROJECT

The attention of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been drawn to a list of names published online by the ITJP (International Truth and Justice Project). According to the ITJP, this list, which presently consists of 351 names and can be accessed at http://www.disappearance.itjpsl.com/#lang=english is of persons who are alleged to have disappeared while in the custody of the Sri Lankan Armed Forces in May 2009.

The Office on Missing Persons (OMP) which has been established by an Act of Parliament (Act No. 14 of 2016 as amended by Act No. 09 of 2017) is the permanent and independent entity in Sri Lanka that is vested with the tasks of, inter alia, searching and tracing of missing persons and clarifying the circumstances in which such persons went missing, and their fate; making recommendations to the relevant authorities towards reducing the incidents of missing persons; protecting the rights and interests of missing persons and their relatives; and identifying proper avenues of redress to which such missing persons or their relatives may have recourse.

Therefore, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs urges and encourages anyone in Sri Lanka or overseas to kindly share with the Office on Missing Persons:

-any further/additional/detailed information pertaining to persons whose names have been listed by the ITJP and the circumstances under which they went missing;

-any other lists/information that may be available with anyone/ entity pertaining to any individuals including lists of security forces and police personnel, who may be considered to be missing, as defined by Section 27 of the Act.

Kindly direct any information available to:

Chairperson,

Office on Missing Persons,

Address: 34, Narahenpita Road, Nawala, Sri Lanka

E-mail: <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;

Press Release Sinhala

Press Release Tamil

 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka

Colombo 1

 

20 June 2018

 

[1]http://www.parliament.lk/uploads/acts/gbills/english/6016.pdf

http://www.parliament.lk/uploads/acts/gbills/english/6045.pdf

 

Sri Lanka elected to the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage

06 06 2018

Sri Lanka was elected today, 06 June 2018, to one of four (04) seats available for the Asia-Pacific, in the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, for the period 2018-2022, at the election that took place in Paris during the 7th General Assembly of UNESCO.

Eight countries contested from the Asia-Pacific Group, namely, Bangladesh, China, Japan, Kazakhstan, Thailand, Malaysia, Palau and Sri Lanka. With Palau withdrawing its candidature earlier today, seven countries stood for election. The countries that succeeded in being elected are: China, Sri Lanka, Japan and Kazakhstan, securing 123, 122, 107, and 98 votes respectively.

The Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage which became a milestone in the evolution of international policies for promoting cultural diversity was adopted by the General Conference of UNESCO in 2003 at its 32nd session. Recognizing the need to safeguard the traditions and living expressions among communities in Sri Lanka as well as in other countries of the world that are inherited from our ancestors such as oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festivals, knowledge and practices concerning nature, and knowledge and skills to produce traditional crafts, Sri Lanka became a State Party to the Convention in 2008. This is the first time that Sri Lanka contested for a seat in the Committee since becoming a State Party to the Convention.

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Participating in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, President Sirisena highlighted Sri Lanka’s blue-green growth strategy for sustainable development

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President Maithripala Sirisena represented Sri Lanka at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and participated in connected meetings and events in London from 16 to 21 April 2018. The formal Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting consists of the pre-meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, the formal meeting of the Heads of Government and the Leaders Retreat. President Sirisena was accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Tilak Marapana.

Participating at the Heads of Government Meeting, President Sirisena highlighted Sri Lanka’s strategy to achieve sustainable development by pursuing a balanced inclusive green growth (BIGG) path. The President joined the leaders of the Commonwealth to adopt the Communiqué “Towards a Common Future” in which the countries of the Commonwealth affirmed unwavering commitment to the Commonwealth’s Fundamental Political Values reflected in the Charter, and pledged action on important areas such as gender equality and inclusion, strengthening democratic institutions and promoting peace, strengthening the multilateral trading system, expanding investment and boosting intra-Commonwealth trade, promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth, addressing vulnerability and climate change, sustainable development of the oceans, sustainable use of energy and natural resources, health, education, cyber security, preventing violent extremism, human trafficking and child exploitation, and serious and transnational organized crime.

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The Leaders also adopted the Commonwealth Blue Charter, agreeing on a bold and coordinated push to protect the ocean from the effects of climate change, pollution and over-fishing. Sri Lanka pledged in this context to initiate collaboration on mangrove restoration while several other countries similarly pledged to spearhead other areas relating to the oceans such as blue economic growth, restoration of coral reefs, and action on ocean acidification caused by man-made CO2 emissions. Sri Lanka also pledged to support the Clean Oceans Alliance led by the UK and Vanuatu to make oceans free of plastics.

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Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana attends the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue (BETD), 17 -18 April 2018

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Minister of Foreign Affairs Tilak Marapana, attended the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue (BETD), which commenced under the patronage of Federal Foreign Office and Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy of Germany on Tuesday 16 April 2018.

In recent years, the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue has become a leading international forum for high-level policymakers, industry and civil society to come together to discuss viable concepts for the ongoing transformation of the energy sector and the energy transition, especially about a safe, affordable and environmentally responsible global energy transition.

The two-day conference, which was held under the motto “towards a global energy transition – (Energiewende)”, brought together stakeholders and decision makers representing 90 countries, including more than 30 Ministers to discuss ways that national governments and energy sector stakeholders can contribute to meeting the ambitious goals of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda.

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Launch of new interface of Foreign Ministry website

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A new interface of the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been launched. The URL for the website remains the same, at:- http://www.mfa.gov.lk

The new interface has been designed to be mobile responsive and accessible across different devices, platforms and browsers; to provide a more user-friendly interface for the web-user and public.

Comprehensive updated information in important sections such as key profiles, contact details of ministry officials and divisions; contact details of Sri Lanka Missions abroad and Foreign Missions / Organizations in Sri Lanka; and detailed information on the range of consular services available to the public, are presently online. These sections will also be made available in Sinhala and Tamil, shortly.

Contact details of Sri Lanka Missions abroad are listed and categorized for quick access, and can be searched on a map indicating regions of the world. With a view to providing better information to the public, the Mission entry also indicates the current time of the country where the Mission is located, and the time difference from where the user has logged into the site.

The new interface is part of the Ministry's ongoing efforts to improve service delivery and to provide information to the general public.

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Colombo

20 April 2018

President Maithripala Sirisena to participate in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in the United Kingdom from 16-20 April 2018

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President Maithripala Sirisena will join the Heads of Government of the 53-member Commonwealth at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) that is to convene in London from 16-20 April 2018. The President will be joined by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Tilak Marapana.  

The Commonwealth is a diverse community of nations that work together to promote prosperity, democracy and peace. The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings are occasions where the leaders of the Commonwealth member states come together to reaffirm common values, address the shared global challenges faced and agree on how to work to create a better future for all citizens, particularly young people.

The theme of the Summit in London – “Towards a Common Future” – is focused on building on the strengths of the Commonwealth to ensure that the organisation is responsive to global challenges and delivers a more prosperous, secure, sustainable and fair future for all the citizens of the Commonwealth, particularly the young. Recognizing the common challenges faced by all member States, such as weak global trade and investment flows; new cross-border security threats; the effects of climate change on small and other vulnerable states; and threats to shared values of democracy, good governance and inclusivity as set out in the Commonwealth Charter, the leaders will focus on action required to deliver a more sustainable, fairer, secure and prosperous future for the citizens of the Commonwealth.   

President Sirisena’s participation at the CHOGM will be focused on reaffirming Sri Lanka’s firm commitment to the Commonwealth and deepening Sri Lanka’s partnership with the Organisation as well as with each individual member nation.  

The President’s engagements will include the Heads of Government meeting on 19 April, the leaders retreat on 20 April, and addressing the Commonwealth Business Forum as the keynote speaker on 18 April on the theme “Delivering the SDGs: Aligning Business, Society and the Governments”.

Over 50 entrepreneurs from Sri Lanka, mainly from the small and medium enterprise sector, will participate in the Commonwealth Business Forum, positioning Sri Lanka as a trade and investment hub in South Asia to gain the Commonwealth trade advantage.  The Business Forum is expected to make a compelling case for free and inclusive trade as the best way to promote higher living standards around the world.   

Sri Lanka will become a champion country in the Commonwealth Blue Charter initiative and engage with other member countries in developing a cohesive ocean strategy for the sustenance of the blue economy. A key area where Sri Lanka has expressed interest in spearheading action in this connection is in the restoration of mangroves.

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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12 April 2018

Ministry of Foreign Affairs introduces new system to submit documentation relating to Sri Lankans deceased abroad, through Divisional Secretariats

The Consular Affairs Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in coordination with the Ministry of Home Affairs, has introduced a new system through which relatives of Sri Lankans deceased abroad are allowed to submit identity documents, affidavits, and other documentation relating to the repatriation of human remains or conduct of last rites, through Divisional Secretariats islandwide. 

Hitherto, the relatives of the deceased person were required to submit such documents to the Consular Affairs Division to bring human remains to Sri Lanka, or to get authorization to conduct last rites abroad. Under the new system, the relatives of the deceased could submit the required documentation to the nearest Divisional Secretariat, which in turn would forward them to the Consular Affairs Division for appropriate action.

Secretary to the Ministry of Home Affairs has already issued a circular, instructing all Divisional Secretaries to extend required assistance for the effective implementation of this initiative.

The new system allows relatives of deceased to have their required documentation processed at the nearest Divisional Secretaiat, without having the need to travel to the Consular Affairs Division in Colombo or the Regional Consular Office in Jaffna. The general public in outstation areas would particualrly benefit from the new arrangement and avoid the need for travelling long distances to Colombo or Jaffna at a time of bereavement as well as undue delays and expenditure.

This initiative is part of the endeavours of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to streamline, decentralize and improve Consular service delivery to the public.

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Colombo

23 March 2018

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