SAARC Investment Forum and Trade Fair 2017 in Colombo

SAARC Investment Forum and Trade Fair 2017 in Colombo, an initiative of SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAARC CCI) and Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) expect to bring down investors across the world who are interested to invest in SAARC region while promoting intra-regional investments and trade across the region.

The SAARC Trade Fair 2017, scheduled to take place from the 7th – 9th of September, 2017, will further provide opportunities for businessmen and investors to network and capitalize on opportunities across SAARC region. The fair will feature products such as machinery, handicraft, textile and readymade garments, household and kitchen appliances, electronic and electrical items, upholstery related products, health and fitness items, gift items, ceramic and sanitary fittings, food and processed foods, auto parts and vehicles, gem and jewellery and much more.

The SAARC Investment Forum 2017, taking place on the 6th September, will provide a key platform for local and foreign investors to engage in cross border investments. It will welcome over 250 investors and influential figures such as local and foreign investors and entrepreneurs, fund managers, Chairmen and CEO’s, owners of enterprises, representatives of global trade associations, international development agencies and high-level Government officials from SAARC countries. The event will showcase and demonstrate business opportunities related to renewable energy, tourism, real estate and manufacturing amongst others.

Further information on these two events can be downloaded from the website of the SAARC CI.

Statement by the Cabinet of Minister

On 13 June 2017, the Cabinet of Ministers adopted a Statement, directing law enforcement authorities and the Attorney General to take immediate action against instigators and perpetrators of violence and hate speech against religious and ethnic groups.

To read the full text of this Statement, please follow the relevant link for EnglishSinhala or Tamil language.

Notice for call for Tenders

Current Calls for tenders:

Bid forms are available at the Sri Lanka Embassy in 1040 Vienna, Weyringergasse 33 - 35, 4th floor.


Procurement of 18 nos. Axels with Wheels for Heavy Trolleys and 16 nos. Axels with Wheels for Light Trolleys to Sri Lanka Railways - Procurement no.: SRS/F.7481

Closing date: 29th August, 2017

For further information on this procurement, please see here.

Calling for EOI for Basnagoda Reservoir - Extension of the Closing Date

This refers to the advertisement published previously for calling Expressions of Interest for the construction of the Basnagoda Reservoir in Sri Lanka with the dead line was on 15th June 2017.

Please note that the dead line for accepting Expressions of Interest (EOI)of Basnagoda Reservoir project has been extended up to 07th July 2017.
All the terms and conditions given in the previous advertisement remain unchanged.

Please forward your EOI with the documents mentioned in the previous advertisement on or before 2.30 pm of 07th July 2017 to the address below.” Basnagoda Reservoir Project-EOI “shall be written on top left corner of the envelop.

Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources Management
No 11, Jawatta Road, Colombo 05


On 2 May 2017, in a historic move, the cabinet of Ministers of the Government of Sri Lanka approved Sri Lanka's first National Reconciliation Policy.

The process for developing the National Reconciliation Policy was initiated in September 2015 by the Office for National Unity & Reconciliation (ONUR) chaired by Former President Her Excellency Madam Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga.

After a one-year comprehensive consultation process with multiple stakeholders including Government officials, ministries, departments, members of provincial councils, civil society, academia, and experts and grass-roots activists, the National Reconciliation Policy was submitted by His Excellency President Maithripala Sirisena in September 2016 to Cabinet of Ministers for discussion. In his accompanying note to the Cabinet, His Excellency stated that the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR) had drafted the National Policy in a "manner that reflects that reconciliation is a whole-of-government effort and a multi-stakeholder endeavour."

At this cabinet Meeting in September 2016, Hon Minister Mano Ganeshan, Minister of National Coexistence, Dialogue & Official Languages, requested a few amendments to the document. Hence, the cabinet directed the Secretary to the President to discuss these concerns with ONUR, who had prepared and drafted the National Policy on Reconciliation, and with Ministers and Secretaries of relevant Ministries and present a final version of the National Policy on Reconciliation. The Ministry of National Coexistence, Dialogue & Official Languages sent in amendments comprising paragraphs regards two matters, namely, language policy and coexistence. The rest of the original document as was prepared and drafted by ONUR was agreed to by the Ministry National Coexistence, Dialogue & Official Languages and other relevant Ministries.

Accordingly, ONUR prepared the final version of the National Policy on Reconciliation and it was this final version of the document prepared by ONUR that was adopted by the Government at the cabinet of Ministers' meeting held on 2 May 2016.

ONUR held further discussions and consultations with stakeholders and the revised final version of the National Reconciliation Policy& Coexistence was resubmitted as a joint cabinet
Memorandum by His Excellency President Maithripala Sirisena and Hon Mano Ganeshan, Minister of National Coexistence, Dialogue & Official Languages, to the cabinet of Ministers on 2 May 2017 for adoption.

The National Reconciliation Policy declares that will "serve as the State policy on reconciliation" and "provide direction to the process of national reconciliation in Sri Lanka." Further, it says that it will "provide a guiding framework to all stakeholders working on reconciliation in order to achieve coherence in reconciliation initiatives."

The National Policy on Reconciliation is set to fill a long-standing vacuum due to the absence of a consolidated National Policy on Reconciliation. The National Policy on Reconciliation will aim to satisfy the need of the country for an over-arching vision on reconciliation and a broad, coherent framework to steer and direct the process of national reconciliation. In this regard, it declares that, "Acknowledging that while several reconciliation initiatives are underway, there does not exist an expressed declared policy by the Government of Sri Lanka on the subject; hence this National Policy on Reconciliation aims to bridge this gap."

This National Reconciliation Policy has laid down a set of "Policy Principles" which it defines as "A set of actionable principles and long-term goals that will form the basis for making rules and guidelines, and to provide overall direction to planning and development for national reconciliation. These include Equality, Human Rights, Justice and the Rule of Law, Transitional Justice, Inclusivity and Diversity, Sustainable Development, Civic Consciousness and others. The National Reconciliation Policy also lays down guidelines for stakeholders and actors implementing reconciliation programs and has identified the following as critical to it, namely, Conflict Sensitivity, Cross-Cultural Awareness, Victim-Centeredness, Gender Responsiveness, Foresight and Innovation, Leadership and Sustainability, Efficiency and Effectiveness, Coordination and Complementarity and Clear and Consistent Communication.

The National Reconciliation Policy includes an Implementation Strategy which has stated as follows: "Mainstream the values defined in the National Policy on Reconciliation within government institutions and existing national initiatives through annual work plans; Develop a National Programme and Action Plan for Reconciliation; and Launch public awareness and education campaigns on the National Policy on Reconciliation and the National Programme and Action Plan on Reconciliation."

For further information and interaction regards the National Reconciliation Policy, you may contact Ms Salma Yusuf, Deputy Director, Office for National Unity & Reconciliation at dd.ppm(at) and salmayusuf(at)

The full text of the National Reconciliation Policy can be found here in EnglishSinhala and Tamil Language.

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