Colombo, January 13 (newsin.asia): Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Monday requested a visiting Japanese delegation headed by State Minister for Regional Revitalization Kozo Yamamoto that he would like Japan to set up high-tech assembly plants in Sri Lanka.
Minister Yamamoto responded positively and promised to promote Sri Lanka among the Japanese business community, a press release from the Presidential Media Division said.
Minister Yamamoto met President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat.
The Lankan President told him that Sri Lanka’s growth rate, which was around 7% in 2014, had declined sharply in the last five years and that it is his mission to raise the growth rate.
Responding to this, Japanese Minister said that his country would take steps to strengthen the long-standing bilateral relations between Japan and Sri Lanka.
“Sri Lanka is secure and stable under the current government. The economy is also progressing. And an conducive investment environment has been created for Japanese investors,” Kozo Yamamoto said.
As a country which has expertise in high-quality infrastructure projects, among many other fields, Japan has a lot to offer to Sri Lanka, Yamamoto added.
(The picture at the top shows President Gotabaya greeting Japanese Minister Yamamoto as members of the Japanese delegation, Adm Jayanath Colombage, International Affairs Advisor to the Lankan President and Shivanthi Ranasinghe, Dy.Director, Presidential Media Division, look on)