President visits Japan to strengthen trade ties

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Mar 14, 2018 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena is presently engaged an official tour of Japan with the aim to further strengthening the long standing bilateral relations between the two nations.

During this visit, the President is scheduled to meet Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko.

The President will also hold bilateral discussions with the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with comprehensive attention on further strengthening the trade and cultural ties between the two countries.

President Sirisena will participate in a special business and investment conference where the President of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) as well as the representatives of organizations such as Japan Business Council (JBC) and  Japan Foreign Trade Council (JFTC) are scheduled to hold discussions with him.

He will also meet the Chief Mahasanghas of the Sri Lankan Buddhist shrines in Japan during the visit to Japan and participate in a tour of observation of a modern waste management center.

Ministers Tilak Marapana and Nimal Siripala de Silva, Members of Parliament and officials are accompanying the president in this tour.

In February, a Japanese business delegation, including chief executive officers and leading officials of some of the largest companies visited Sri Lanka to look at future investment opportunities.

In 2016 Japanese exports to Sri Lanka: were 76.0 billion yen (car, general and electrical machinery and equipment, fiber and fibrous product, plastic products) while imports from Sri Lanka were 26.2 billion yen (tea, textile product, shrimp, fish), official data shows.