Working Visit

From left: Dr. Fernando Im, Senior Country Economist for Sri Lanka and the Maldives, The World Bank, Hon. Eran Wickramaratne, State Minister, Ministry of Finance and Mass Media, Dr. W A Wijewardana, Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Prof. Indralal de Silva, Former (Chair) of Demography, University of Colombo, Prof. Amala de Silva, Department of Economics, University of Colombo at the panel discussion on "Demographic Change in Sri Lanka" moderated by Dr. Ramani Gunatilaka, International Centre for Ethnic Studies.

Former US presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush will arrive in Sri Lanka at the weekend as part of a tour of tsunami-hit nations, officials here said Wednesday. Former US presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush will arrive in Sri Lanka at the weekend as part of a tour of tsunami-hit nations, officials here said Wednesday. The two ex-presidents, appointed by President George W. Bush to head private fundraising for relief efforts in the wake of the December 26 tsunamis, will visit US-funded projects in the island’s south on Monday, officials said.

“They will spend a few hours in the (southern) Matara district,” a local official involved with the arrangements said.

Details of their program in Sri Lanka was not immediately known and US embassy spokesman Chris Long said they hoped to release details of the visit later in the week.

Nearly 31,000 people were killed in the tsunamis in Sri Lanka where nearly a million people were also displaced. – AFP