Sri Lanka to be reviewed at the 28th Session of the Universal Periodic Review Working Group on 15 November 2017

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Sri Lanka's Report under the Universal Periodic Review comes up for consideration by the OHCHR Working Group on UPR on Wednesday 15 November 2017, in Geneva.

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) was established by the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) in 2006, as a process through which the human rights record of every UN Member State is peer-reviewed. 

This review, conducted through the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), is based upon each country’s human rights obligations and commitments in the UN Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, human rights instruments to which the country is party, and other sources.  During the process, the country under review submits a written report on its human rights record, and appears before the Council, where it receives recommendations regarding its human rights record from other UN Member States. The country under review is able to ‘accept’ or ‘note’ these recommendations. Those accepted form the basis for future reporting.

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Remarks to Media by Foreign Secretary Prasad Kariyawasam following talks with US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon, Jr.

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Friends from the Media,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am delighted and honoured to welcome Ambassador Thomas Shannon, US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, and his delegation, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs this evening.

This is our second meeting in the last two months or so. Ambassador Shannon and I met in New York in late September, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, when he called on His Excellency the President, to discuss the growing interaction and partnership between our two countries. Ambassador Shannon also met Finance and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera during his visit last month to Washington DC. The Hon. Speaker of our Parliament and a multi-party delegation were in Washington in late September. The level of heightened interaction between our two countries, at all levels, is indeed heartening.  

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Procurement of Supply, Delivery, Installation and Commissioning of brand new Crystal Salt Plant

M/s. Mantai Salt Limited, a fully owned Government entity functioning under the purview of Ministry of Industry and Commerce of Sri Lanka, has invited sealed bids from eligible and qualified bidders for the supply, delivery, installation and commissioning of Brand new Crystal Salt Plant – 2 T/hour  for Mannar Saltern Sri Lanka. This is an international competitive bidding.

Sealed bids are accepted till 2.00 pm (Sri Lanka time) on 16th November 2017.

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Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka

Geneva

09th November 2017

Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana meets with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing

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Hon. Tilak Marapana, Minister of Foreign Affairs, met with his Chinese counterpart, Hon. Wang Yi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of China, on October 30, 2017. The cordial discussions between the two Ministers focused on longstanding China-Sri Lanka relations, and hopes for future strengthening of cooperation and friendship.

Foreign Minister Marapana is currently in Beijing, from 30 October to 03 November 2017 at the invitation of Foreign Minister Wang Yi, to attend the celebrations of the 60th Anniversary of diplomatic relations and 65th Anniversary of economic relations between Sri Lanka and China.

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President Maithripala Sirisena’s State Visit to Qatar

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At the invitation of the Emir of the State of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, President Maithripala Sirisena undertook a two-day State visit to the State of Qatar, on 25-26 October 2017.  

President Sirisena was received at the Emiri Diwan by Emir Hamad Al Thani, followed by a ceremonial guard of honour, and bilateral discussions. Both leaders recalled the long-standing friendly relations between the two countries, and their own meetings in 2015 during Emir Al Thani’s visit to Sri Lanka, and at other international fora, which have contributed to the further consolidation of bilateral relations. They highlighted the importance of the exchange of visits, and expressed confidence that the State Visit of President Sirisena would enhance bilateral political, economic and trade ties.

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Statement by Sri Lanka on the Unilateral Declaration of Independence by the Regional Parliament of Catalonia

29 10 2017 statement

Sri Lanka and Spain enjoy an enduring friendship, and Sri Lanka considers Spain as an important member in Sri Lanka’s partnership with the European Union.  

The Government of Sri Lanka unequivocally supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Kingdom of Spain, and considers Catalonia as an integral part of Spain. The Government of Sri Lanka urges the pursuit of dialogue for a united Spain in accordance with the rule of law, and within the Spanish constitutional framework.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
Colombo 
  
28 October 2017

Request for Proposal - Investing Constructing and Managing of Seawater Desalination Plant

The Board of Investment of Sri Lanka (BOI) which operates under the purview of Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade of Sri Lanka, is inviting proposals from potential bidders (investors/developers) for Investing, Constructing and Managing of a Seawater Desalination Plant in Hambantota, Sri Lanka.

Interested foreign Applicants could be accessed the Request for Proposal (RFP) document through the web link, http://www.investsrilanka.com which includes detailed terms and conditions on submission of application.

Sealed proposals may be delivered to following address on or before 1400 hrs on 12th December 2017 (Sri Lanka time):

Actg. Executive Director (Technical Services)

Board of Investment of Sri Lanka

Technical Services Department

Level 5, World Trade Center

Echelon Square

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More information on the project could be obtained through the same contact point via tel: 0094-11-2433600, 0094-11-2427280 and fax: 0094 -11- 2441826, 0094-11-2427285

 

Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka

Geneva

26 October 2017

Request for Proposals for Mixed Development Project for Chalmers Graneries land at Pettah

The Urban Development Authority of Sri Lanka is inviting proposals from potential bidders to undertake Mixed Development Project in a prime land located in the Capital city of Colombo.

Interested bidders may purchase bidding documents from the Urban Development Authority until 17th November 2017 from 9.00 am to 3.00 pm and acceptance of bids will be closed at 10.30 am on 18th December 2017 (Sri Lanka time).

Additional information about the project and the proposals shall be obtained from the Deputy Director General (Consultancy) of the Urban Development Authority via +94 11 286 2342 and +94 11 288 3308

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Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka

Geneva

26 October 2017

Visit of Hon. Karu Jayasuriya, Speaker and delegation to Russia to participate in the 137th Inter Parliamentary Union Assembly held in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation

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A parliamentary delegation led by the Hon. Karu Jayasuriya, Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka paid an official visit to St. Petersburg, Russia to participate in the 137th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly, held from 14-18, October 2017.

The Sri Lankan delegation also included Hon. Thalatha Atukorale, Minister of Foreign Employment and Minister of Justice, Hon. Lakshman Senewiratne, State Minister of Science, Technology and Research, Hon. Mavai S. Senathirajah, Member of Parliament, Mr. Dhammika Dasanayake, Secretary-General of Parliament, and the Chief of Protocol of the Parliament Mr. Upali Kumarasinghe. The delegation was also joined by His Excellency Dr. Saman Weerasinghe, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Russia and Mr. Dulmith Waruna, Second Secretary of the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Russia.

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Foreign Minister Marapana attends IORA Council of Ministers’ Meeting in Durban, South Africa

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Minister of Foreign Affairs Tilak Marapana attended the Seventeenth Council of Ministers’ Meeting (COM) of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) in Durban, South Africa, on 18 October 2017.

The Meeting marked the commencement of the two year period of South Africa’s leadership of IORA as its Chair for the period 2017- 2019. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) also assumed its position as the Vice Chair which will enable it to become the next Chair of IORA in 2019. The Meeting was attended by Ministers and representatives from the 21 IORA member states and seven Dialogue Partners; China, Egypt, Japan, France, Germany, the UK and the USA.

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Invitation for Proposals to form a Joint Venture Company with the Government of Sri Lanka to Establish and Operate Cold Chain and Cold Storage Facilities

Invitation for Proposals to form a Joint Venture Company with the Government of Sri Lanka to Establish and Operate Cold Chain and Cold Storage Facilities

Ministry of Rural Economy of the Government of Sri Lanka has invited interested investors and/or their partners to submit proposals to form a Joint Venture Company with the Government of Sri Lanka for a proposed project to establish and operate cold chain and cold storage facilities for vegetables and fruits. This is first proposed to implement in two Dedicated Economic Centres in Sri Lanka as a pilot project.

Further details of the proposed project could be accessed through http://www.reco.gov.lk

Duly completed applications are accepted until 1500 hours (Sri Lanka time) on Tuesday, 28th November 2017.

Bid Notice

 

Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka

Geneva

23 October 2017 

Consular Division wins Two Awards at the 19th National Best Quality ICT Awards

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The Consular Affairs Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was awarded the Public Sector Most Outstanding ICT Achievement Award and the Gold Award in the Government and Public Sector Category at the 19th National Best Quality ICT Awards held at the Hotel Taj Samudra on 06th October 2017.

The two awards were presented to the Consular Affairs Division in recognition and appreciation of its online Electronic Document Attestation System (e-DAS) developed to provide quality services to the Citizens of Sri Lanka and in recognition and appreciation of the efforts made to introduce, nurture and develop an ICT environment in the Consular Division to improve service delivery. The e-DAS was rated as the most innovative digital platform in the public sector of Sri Lanka.

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Remarks by Prasad Kariyawasam, Foreign Secretary at the Official Reception hosted by the Commander of the Navy on the occasion of the Galle Dialogue 2017 on 9 October 2017

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The International Maritime Conference, 'Galle Dialogue 2017,' convened by the Sri Lanka Navy under the patronage of the Ministry of Defence, was held in Colombo, on 9 and 10 October 2017 for the eighth consecutive year.

Over 100 local and foreign scholars and experts in naval and maritime affairs representing 51 countries including India, China, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States along with 12 international organizations shared their expertise at the two-day dialogue that was held under the theme, 'Greater maritime visibility for enhanced maritime security.'

The Galle Dialogue was initiated by the Navy in 2010. 

Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Prasad Kariyawasam made these remarks addressing the 'Galle Dialogue 2017'

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Invitation for Expression of Interest for the development of Land in Sri Lanka

The State Engineering Corporation of Sri Lanka (SEC) which is functioning under the Ministry of Housing and Construction is calling for Expressions of Interests (EOI) from reputed and established investors who are capable of developing the SEC owned land with an extent of 14.5 Acres situated in Peliyagoda, Sri Lanka.

The Information Guide to submission of EOI provides further information of this EOI. Further information could be obtained through General Manager or Deputy General Manager (Consultancy) via +94 11 243 4691 / +94 11 243 5270 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The deadline for submission of EOI is 1500 hrs on 19th October 2017 to the address provided in the information guide.

Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka

28th September 2017

Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana holds high level discussions with the European Union in Brussels on 26th September 2017

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Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana who is on his first official visit to the European Union Headquarters in Brussels held discussions with the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and European Commissioner Christos Stylianides. The Foreign Minister was accompanied by Deputy Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs Dr. Harsha De Silva, Ambassador to the European Union Rodney Perera and senior officials.

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UN ready to provide fullest support to SL to build as an exemplary nation in the world where prosperity and reconciliation achieved -UNSG

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The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres says the UN is ready to   provide every possible assistance to Sri Lanka in its efforts to build as a prosperous nation where the reconciliation is strengthened.

He further said that the UN will provide its maximum support to build as an exemplary nation in the world, where all the Sri Lankans can live with prosper and reconciliation, while closely associating with Sri Lanka and its citizens.

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Sri Lanka’s reconciliation process is proceeded step by step – President to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

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President Maithripala Sirisena says Sri Lanka is performing for the betterment of its people with much responsibility, in keeping with the charters of UN, as a member of United Nations. He said the government is taking the process to ensure human rights and reconciliation forward step by step. The President made these remarks during his meeting with Prince Zeid al-Hussein, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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Address by President Maithripala Sirsena at the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly

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Address by H.E. Maithripala Sirisena President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka General Debate

of the Seventy-Second Session of the United Nations General Assembly

19 September 2017

United Nations, New York

A very good evening to all of you!

His Excellency the President of the General Assembly

Excellencies

His Excellency the Secretary General of the United Nations

Distinguished Guests

Ladies and Gentlemen

It gives me great pleasure to be able to commence my address to the 72nd Session of the General Assembly while congratulating the newly appointed President and Secretary-General of the Organisation. In fact, it gives me great pleasure to address this august Assembly for the third time as the Head of State of Sri Lanka.

The theme of this 72nd Session of the General Assembly is ‘Focusing on people: striving for peace and a decent life for all on a sustainable planet’.

Today, when we take into consideration the prevailing conditions in the world, this theme is extremely timely.

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Chairperson Abu Dhabi Dialogue -Minister Thalatha Athukorala visits Abu Dhabi

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Justice and Foreign Employment Minister Thalatha Athukorala visited UAE in her capacity as the Chairperson Abu Dhabi Dialogue and met the Human Resources and Labour Minister Saqr Ghobsh.

The Minister said that he is willing to extend all support to strengthen the relationship between the two countries during the time Minister Athukorala is holding the Chairperson of Abu Dhabi Dialogue.

Minister Athukorala also had discussion with all the ADD Ambassadors who are resident in Abu Dhabi.

 

Source : www.news.lk

 

Valedictory Address by Prasad Kariyawasam, Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Colombo Defence Seminar 2017

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The inauguration ceremony of the ‘Colombo Defence Seminar 2017’, which is held under the theme ‘Countering Violent Extremism: Global Trends’, was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena on 28th September 2017 at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) in Colombo .

The Sri Lanka Army launched the Defence Seminar in 2011 with the aim of initiating a dialogue regarding regional and global security issues. Colombo defence seminar 2017 held as a two day forum.

Prasad Kariyawasam, Secretary of Foreign affairs made these remarks addressing the Colombo Defence Seminar 2017.

Distinguished Guests,

Ladies & Gentlemen,

I take the floor at the very end of two days of deliberations on one of the most important subjects of our time – “Countering Violent Extremism”. The opening ceremony, as you know, was graced by the President of Sri Lanka, manifesting the importance and leadership Sri Lanka provides at the highest levels of Government, in dealing with violent extremism, not just in Sri Lanka, but worldwide, as this is not a phenomenon confined to a country, to a community, or a society; and success requires working with others, in fact with everyone, everywhere, in partnership.

Admiral William J. Fallon’s Keynote Address yesterday set the tone for our deliberations over these two days. The discussion on this important subject that commenced yesterday should not end when we bring down the curtain this evening on this Colombo Defence Seminar. The partnerships we formed, the networks we built, the dialogues that we started, the ideas that we exchanged during our time here should continue, and should be transformed into implementation in our societies, communities, and countries, in dealing with this complex phenomenon. 

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Invitation for Expression of Interest

Lanka Mineral Sands Limited (LMSL), a fully owned State Company functioning under the purview of Ministry of Industry and Commerce, has invited Expression of Interest (EOI) from local and international investors for a direct foreign investment or a joint venture with LMSL for the ‘manufacture and marketing of value added products and finished products using beach mineral sands’. A list of value added products which is expected to be manufactured and marketed and other additional information are contained in the Information Summary Document, which could be obtained by making a request through email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Investors who possess the required experience in technology and marketing of the products specified in Information Summary Document and any other beach mineral sand based value added products, are invited to submit their EOI before 02 October 2017 to the Ministry of Industry and Commerce located in Colombo 03. For further information, you may contact the Restructuring Unit on +94 11 2368193.

 Invitation for EOI public notice

 29 August 2017

Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka

Geneva

 

Hon. Tilak Marapana assumes duties as Minister of Foreign Affairs

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Hon. Tilak Marapana, Minister of Development Assignments assumed duties at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on Friday 18 August 2017. 

Minister Marapana was received by the Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Prasad Kariyawasam and senior staff upon arrival at the Ministry. Following the lighting of the traditional oil lamp and holding of religious observances, the Minister officially assumed duties at the Ministry.

Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana addessed the media following his assumption of duties.

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19 August 2017

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Colombo

 

Invitation for Bids for 504 MTs of Liquid Chlorine

M/s. Paranthan Chemicals Company Limited, a State-owned organization and the pioneer and the market leader in Sri Lankan Chemical Industry, which is performing its activities under the purview of Ministry of Industry and Commerce, is calling for sealed bids for the supply of 504 Metric Tons of Liquid Chlorine packed in 900 Kg capacity supplier’s cylinders (CI2).

The Bidding Documents will be issued until 28 August 2017 and the Bid will be closed at 10.00 a.m. (local time) on 29 August 2017.

Further information regarding this could be obtained from the Chairman/Procurement Committee on +94 11 2437557.

Invitation for Bids public notice

 

Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka

Geneva

18 August 2017

Prasad Kariyawasam assumes duties as Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Following his appointment by President Maithripala Sirisena on 29 July, as Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Prasad Kariyawasam assumed duties yesterday morning, Tuesday 15 August 2017.

Mr. Kariyawasam joined the Sri Lanka Foreign Service in 1981. Prior to his appointment as Secretary, he served as the Ambassador for Sri Lanka to the United States of America from July 2014 to August 2017. He has held diplomatic assignments in Geneva, Riyadh, Washington, New York and New Delhi, and has served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in New York and Geneva and High Commissioner to India.  He has been previously concurrently accredited as Ambassador / High Commissioner to Chile, Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago, the Bahamas, Jamaica, the Holy See, Bhutan and Afghanistan.

 

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Colombo

16 August 2017

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Dengue Epidemic in Sri Lanka is successfully brought under control

The Dengue  Epidemic that has become a concern in Sri Lanka for the past few months is successfully brought under control by the measures taken by the relevant government authorities and collective effort of the general public alike, Sri Lanka Tourism confirms. Reported cases have dropped by 35-40% since mid-Julyaccording to the sources of Ministry of Health. Regular campaigns were implemented to educate, clean up areas and other preventive measures have been taking place to control the spreading of the disease under guidance and surveillance of the Ministry of Health of Sri Lanka.

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Notice on the period of Operation of the Prescription (Special Provisions) Act No. 5 of 2016

The Ministry of Justice of Sri Lanka wishes to inform that pursuant to the Section 4 of the Prescription (Special Provisions) Act No. 5 of 2016, ‘disadvantaged persons’ who were unable to pursue their rights for the recovery of any immovable property, including land, during the armed conflict in Sri Lanka, are entitled to benefit from the Act within two years of its operationalization. As the Act came into effect on April 26, 2016, the said stipulated time period expires on 26 April 2018.

Therefore, any person/s is/are interested in reclaiming his/her/their property through the provisions of the Act, such claim ought to be brought before April 26, 2018.

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