Japan to boost human resource development in Sri Lanka

Japan to boost human resource development in Sri Lanka

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena thanked Japan for continuous assistance to Sri
Lanka and said the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on JDS human resource
development scholarship scheme is yet another landmark in bilateral cooperation.

The MoU was signed by Japanese Ambassador Mizukoshi Hideaki, and the
Secretary to Ministry of Finance, Mahinda Siriwardene in the presence of Prime
Minister Dinesh Gunawardena and the visiting Foreign Minister of japan Yoshimasa
Hayashi at the Temple Trees today.

The Prime Minister said the high level visit from Japan to Sri Lanka was very useful
in order to explore potential projects on ports, airports, railways, renewable energy,
maritime cooperation and mutual efforts to heighten private sector tie ups as
important areas.

He discussed with Japanese Foreign Minister on the ongoing debt restructuring
process, which is co-chaired by the Japanese government, and supported by India,
France and other donor countries.

The Prime Minister recalling that the previous government made a mistake in
suspending the proposed Light Rail Transit (LRT) project and urged Japan to have
further discussion on resuming the project and Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi
agreed to consider to impotent it as a Private-Public-Partnership (PPP) project.

Under the MoU on JDS signed by the two countries, Japan will provide additional
scholarships to Sri Lankan public servants, academics and scholars for higher studies
in Japan. The programme will continue until 2025 and this year a sum of Rs 611
million has been allocated by Japan for these scholarships.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Yoshimasa Hayashi was accompanied by a 22-member
delegation that included Director General International Cooperation Kazuya Endo,
Director General Southeast and Southwest Asian Affairs Yutaka Arima, Director,
Southwest Asian Affairs, Taro Tstutsami, Senior Foreign Policy Coordinator
Manabu Murakami, Principal Foreign Policy Coordinator, Manabu Murakami.

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Taraka Balasuriya, MP Yadamini
Gunawardena, Secretary to the Prime Minister, Anura Dissanayake Secretary of
Ministry of Home Affairs, Ranjith Ashoka were also present at this meeting.

Prime Minister’s Media Division


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205. Media Release – Japan