ECONOMYNEXT – Indian Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will arrive in Sri Lanka on a three-day official visit on November 1, the Press Information Bureau of the Indian government said on Tuesday.
The Minister during the visit will deliver the Keynote Address at the ‘NAAM 200’ organized by the Sri Lankan Government on Thursday to commemorate the 200th anniversary of arrival of India-origin Tamils (IOTs) to Sri Lanka.
On the same day, the Minister will also deliver the Keynote Address at the India Sri Lanka Business Summit on the theme ‘Enhancing Connectivity: Partnering for Prosperity’, on Commerce & Industry.
She will have call-on meetings with President Ranil Wickremesinghe and Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.
She is also scheduled to witness the exchange of the Memorandum of Understanding for Solar Electrification of Religious Places in Sri Lanka wherein India will allocate 824 million Indian rupees crores out of the Indian
grant assistance of 1.07 billion earmarked for the promotion of Buddhist ties.
She will also inaugurate two State Bank of India Branches at Trincomalee and Jaffna.
She is scheduled to visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy, Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura, Thirukoneswaram Temple in Trincomalee and Nallur Kandaswamy Temple in Jaffna during her visit to Sri Lanka.
Seetharaman is also slated to visit Lanka IOC Oil Tank Farms, Jaffna Cultural Centre and Jaffna Public Library during her visit. (Colombo/Oct 31/2023)