Indonesia, Sri Lanka to strengthen trade and economic ties

Pres - Indo

Mar 09, 2017 (LBO) Sri lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena, who is on a state visit to Indonesia, met with President Joko Widodo Wednesday with a proposal for a free trade agreement between the two countries among the topics discussed.

The meeting between the two leaders commenced following a cordial discussion, a statement from the Sri Lankan presidents office said.

“The visit will help to further strengthen close, friendly relations and cooperation between our countries,” Widodo said.

The implementation of a new plan to strengthen cooperation in the field of tourism between the two countries was discussed in detail and further attention was focused on implementing a program to exchange technical knowledge in the field of agriculture.

Their attention was also drawn to the proposal for a free trade agreement between the two countries and further discussed to look into the possibility of this through the Foreign Ministries of the two countries.

President Joko Widodo pointed out that fruitful discussions were held on several areas of mutual interest.

The President further stated that opportunities for Indonesian private and government investors could be opened. “The government is ready to provide required tax relief for them”, he said.

Our two countries will work together to strengthen our economic engagement, cooperate in the areas of food security and agricultural, marine and fisheries, disaster management, development assistance, health sector, technology transfer on railways, aviation, tourism, health, education and research, skills development and vocational training, rubber industry, defence and security as well as other areas of mutual interest.

Collectively working on strengthening the regional security was also discussed, the statement added.

A colourful welcoming ceremony was organised at Merdeka Palace to greet Sirisena while he was also accorded a 21-gun salute.