ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka and Japan held a new ‘Policy Dialogue’ at the senior official level of the two Foreign Ministries in Colombo covering trade and investment and the island’s peace process along with maritime security.
Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said more rounds of talks will be held in the months of January, February and May of this year.
The first round of the Sri Lanka-Japan Policy Dialogue at Senior Official Level was proposed in the joint declaration on a ‘Comprehensive Partnership” between Sri Lanka and Japan, issued during the visit of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to Japan in October 2015.
“The dialogue focused on promotion of investment and trade, collaboration in the national development plan and cooperation in the national reconciliation and peace-building process in Sri Lanka,” the statement said.
“Both sides also had discussions on regional issues as well as global challenges affecting the two countries.”
The statement said that under the framework of the ‘Policy Dialogue’ it was decided to hold three specialized dialogues.
Talks on Maritime Security, Safety and Oceanic Issues are to be chaired by the Ministry of Defense.
An Economic Cooperation Policy Dialogue and Consultation on National Development Cooperation is to be chaired by the Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs.
An Economic Policy Dialogue will be chaired by the Ministry of Development Strategies & International Trade.
The Policy Dialogue was co-chaired by O.L. Ameer Ajwad, Director General of the East Asia & Pacific Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka and Kazuya Nashida, Director-General of the Southeast and Southwest Asian Affairs Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.
(Colombo/January 14, 2016)