Sri Lanka and Burkina Faso looks for closer economic ties

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Apr 15, 2013 (LBO) – Sri Lanka will train students from Burkina Faso and strengthen economic ties, the economic development ministry said following a ministerial delegation from the African nation. Burkina Faso is a member of the UN Human Rights Council.

It was among the eight countries that abstained from voting on a UN resolution that pressured Sri Lanka’s government to improve human rights and implement recommendations of a lessons learned commission.

A delegation led by Foreign Affairs and Regional Cooperation Senior Minister of Burkina Faso, Djibrill Yipéné Bassolé had met Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa in Colombo.

“The two ministers discussed future cooperation in the fields of trade, economy, agriculture and irrigation,” the economic development ministry said.

“Minister Basil Rajapaksa agreed to train Burkina Faso students in Sri Lankan Hotel schools and to exchange business delegations in specified areas suggested by Burkina Faso.”

“As Burkina Faso is a country rich with gold reserves, Sri Lanka has agreed to assist in the field of gem and jewellery.”