Saturday, April 20, 2013

Spanish ministers assure support for Sri Lanka

Spanish ministers and members of the congress expressed their support to Sri Lanka to further accelerate the rapid pace of development taking place in the country.
Minister Dinesh Gunawardena meeting Spain’s Commerce State Minister Jaime Garcia Legaz

Water Supply and Drainage Minister and Chief Government Whip Dinesh Gunawardena, who is on a visit to Spain, met the President of the Commission on Agriculture, Food and Environment, Jose Ignacio Llorens Torres and six senior Members of the Commission, all of whom are Members of the Congress representing all political parties in Spain, to further consolidate the areas of cooperation between the two countries.

Discussions were also held with Environment State Minister Federico Ramos at the Spanish Environment Ministry.

Ramos explained the three key elements of cooperation that could be developed as being river basin planning, the integral cycle of water management and water management in extreme situations, which would help Sri Lanka in the future.

Minister Gunawardena welcomed the areas of joint collaboration and thanked the Spanish government for the continuous efforts to assist Sri Lanka.

Meeting Commerce State Minister Jaime Garcia Legaz, Minister Gunawardena extended an invitation for a joint public and private sector delegation to visit Sri Lanka to explore areas of cooperation and further investment in Sri Lanka. Minister Gunawardena also met heads and representatives of the Spanish business community related to the water sector in Madrid and articulated the need for foreign investors to tap into the opportunities in Sri Lanka.

Highlighting the investment opportunities, Water Supply and Drainage Board chairman Karunasena Hettiarachchi, who accompanied Minister Gunawardena, said several small and large scale projects were open for investment and Sri Lanka looked to countries like Spain to harness the prospects as part of the development drive in Sri Lanka.

Minister Gunawardena was in Madrid as part of a three city visit to Spain which will also take him to Barcelona and Seville, where he is due to attend the Global Water Summit.

He was accompanied by Yadamini Gunawardena and George I. H. Cooke, First Secretary of the Embassy of Sri Lanka in France, which is accredited to Spain.

Source: Daily News
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