‘’Sri Lanka’s social and economic development model is encouraging for countries like Bosnia and Herzegovina’’, stated H.E. Mr. Nebojša Radmonovič, Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina when Ambassador of Sri Lanka called on him at the President’s Office in Sarajevo, following the presentation of the Letter of Credence later this month.
Minister of External Affairs Professor G.L. Peiris left the country over the week-end on official visits to Slovenia, Austria and Germany at the invitation of the Foreign Ministers of these countries.
In Ljubljana he will have bilateral talks with Mr. Karl Erjavec, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of the Republic of Slovenia. Dignitaries with whom Professor Peiris will have discussions in Slovenia include Mr. Janko Veber, President of the National Assembly of Slovenia, Dr. Ernest Patric, President of the Constitutional Court of Slovenia, and a Member of the International Law Commission and Mr. Janez Podobnik, Director General of the International Centre for Promotion of Enterprises (ICPE), an inter-governmental organization located in Ljubljana.
Minister of External Affairs, Prof. G.L. Peiris concluded a two day official visit to the Republicof Slovenia on Monday.
The Minister met with several Slovenian dignitaries, including his counterpart Karl Erjavec. During the discussions, the two Ministers acknowledged the cordial political relations that existed between the two countries and agreed to further realize the potential for economic and trade relations between Sri Lanka and Slovenia. Minister Peiris emphasized that the ongoing visit by a delegation of prominent business leaders from Sri Lanka to Slovenia would serve to match complementary and mutually beneficial trade and investment opportunities for both countries.
The growth of bilateral trade between the two countries despite the economic recession in Europe and the steady increase in direct foreign investment from Austria augur well for the future of relations between Sri Lanka and Austria, Professor G. L. Peiris, Minister of External Affairs, said at his meeting on Tuesday with Dr. Michael Spindelegger, Vice Chancellor (Deputy Prime Minster) and Minister of European and International Affairs of Austria, at the Foreign Ministry in Vienna.
Delivering the Opening Statement at the Plenary Discussion Forum at the United Nations in Vienna on 4th April 2014, Minister Dullas Alahapperuma highlighted the importance of skills development and building of entrepreneurial capacities of youth in order to effectively contribute to inclusive and sustainable development. Participation of youth and integration of their needs and priorities into programmes and policies at all levels were critical to achieving eradication of poverty, decent employment for youth, and economic advancement, the Minister stressed.