Posted: 08.02.2023 17:34:00

Belarus, Sri Lanka identified ways to intensify contacts in business and education

Belarus and Sri Lanka have outlined ways to intensify contacts in business and education during a working visit to Sri Lanka of the Belarusian Ambassador to India with concurrent accreditation to Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal, Andrei Rzheussky – as reported in the press service of the Belarusian embassy in India

The Belarusian diplomat held meetings in the Parliament, the Justice Ministry, institutions of the penitentiary system of Sri Lanka, as well as in the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. Then he also had a series of meetings with the leadership of government agencies and chambers of commerce in Sri Lanka.

During the conversation of Andrei Rzheussky with Sri Lanka Education Minister, Dr. Susil Premajayantha, and the Deputy Minister of Technology of Sri Lanka, Professor Niranjan Gunawardena, the readiness of the Sri Lankan side was confirmed to expand co-operation with Belarus in engineering-technical, agro-technical, information, and vocational specialties, in including joint educational programmes of double diploma. They also noted their interest in establishing interaction with the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus. Moreover, the Sri Lankan side highly appreciated the significant increase in the number of students from Sri Lanka studying at Belarusian medical institutions. There was a round table discussion with representatives of more than 25 institutions of higher education of the island, educational associations, as well as foundations and departments of professional training. An agreement was reached on a visit to Belarus by a Sri Lankan educational delegation headed by the Education Minister in H1 2023.

Issues of expanding inter-parliamentary ties between Belarus and Sri Lanka were discussed at the meeting of the Ambassador with Parliament Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana and Secretary General of the Parliament Dhammika Dasanayake. “The Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka reaffirmed the readiness to take concrete steps to resume the friendship group with the Republic of Belarus in the Sri Lankan Parliament in compliance with the necessary procedures. The Sri Lankan side also expressed its intention to deepen liaisons between the parliaments of the two countries, including the organisation of joint bilateral meetings and within the framework of international organisations,” the Belarusian embassy said.

The prospects for the supply of Belarusian food products and goods of the chemical complex to the Sri Lankan market were discussed during Andrei Rzheussky’s meeting with Sri Lanka Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera.

The issues of trade-economic collaboration were in the focus of attention at the talks of the Belarusian Ambassador with the presidents of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka, the National Chamber of Commerce and representatives of the Sri Lankan business. “Agreements were reached on building closer trade-economic and investment co-operation between our friendly countries. The Sri Lankan side expressed its readiness to receive the official Belarusian delegation of the Hi-Tech Park, Bremino-Orsha FEZ and representatives of Belarusian business,” the embassy informed.