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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2372

President Srisena to attend Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London

Colombo, 15 April, (Asiantribune.com):

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena is scheduled to arrive in London on today, April 15, to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

President Srisena will join the Heads of Government of the 53-member Commonwealth, at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) that is to convene in London from 16-20 April 2018.

The President will be joined by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Tilak Marapana.

Britain will take the Chair from Malta at the conclusion of this year’s summit in London. Most of the meetings will be held at the Queen Elizebeth II conference hall near the British Parliament.

The Foreign Ministry said that President Sirisena’s participation at the CHOGM will be focused on reaffirming Sri Lanka’s firm commitment to the Commonwealth and deepening Sri Lanka’s partnership with the Organisation as well as with each individual member nation.

The President’s engagements will include the Heads of Government meeting on 19 April, the leaders retreat on 20 April, and addressing the Commonwealth Business Forum as the keynote speaker on 18 April on the theme “Delivering the SDGs: Aligning Business, Society and the Governments”.

Over 50 entrepreneurs from Sri Lanka, mainly from the small and medium enterprise sector, will participate in the Commonwealth Business Forum, positioning Sri Lanka as a trade and investment hub in South Asia to gain the Commonwealth trade advantage.

The Business Forum is expected to make a compelling case for free and inclusive trade as the best way to promote higher living standards around the world.

Sri Lanka will become a champion country in the Commonwealth Blue Charter initiative and engage with other member countries in developing a cohesive ocean strategy for the sustenance of the blue economy. A key area where Sri Lanka has expressed interest in spearheading action in this connection is in the restoration of mangroves.

- Asian Tribune -

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