ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will make a five-day official visit to Japan which has said it is keen to revive its trade, investment and aid relationships with the island.
Wickremesinghe’s visit, starting October 3, is on the invitation of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who led a high-ranking delegation of officials and businessmen to Colombo in September 2014.
Wickremesinghe will be accompanied by Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake and Susil Premajayanth, Minister of Technology, Technical Education and Employment.
A statement said Wickremesinghe will start his visit with an address to the Science and Technology in Society (STS) forum in Kyoto and then go to Tokyo where he will address the Japanese parliament.
On October 6 Wickremesinghe will hold bilateral talks with Abe and senior Japanese cabinet ministers covering economic, trade, investment technology and cultural issues.
Wickremesinghe, who will be accompanied by his wife Maithri, will call on Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, as well as meet with several former Japanese prime ministers.
Wickremesinghe will also have talks with the Japan-Sri Lanka Parliament League, the Japan-Sri Lanka Business Council and the Japan External Trade Organisation. (Colombo/October 01 2015)