Japan – Sri Lanka joint partnership secretariat to be set up

ECONMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has announced that it will set up a secretariat to work on a joint partnership agreement with Japan, with which the island is pursuing a free trade deal.

The Japan-Sri Lanka Joint Comprehensive Partnership Secretariat is to be set up in Colombo and Tokyo to facilitate a cooperation arrangement with Japan agreed upon during the official visit of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to Tokyo in October 2015.

The two governments agreed to work on cooperation covering advanced agriculture, science and technology for industries, advanced infrastructure and regional development, education and human resources development, and civil security and safety.

The cabinet of ministers this week agreed to set up the secretariat following a proposal by Wickremesinghe in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs.
(COLOMBO, August 31 2016)

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