Ranil invites Japan to invest in S. Asia

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By 2017-04-12

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that as the population in the South Asian and Bay of Bengal region was expected to reach 250 million in the next 20 years, the onus was on the Japanese Government to plan its future investments and industrial production accordingly.

The Prime Minister was addressing a Business and Trade Convention in Tokyo, which was attended by over 300 Japanese investors.

Delivering his address under the theme 'Sri Lankan Understanding of Global Situation and Importance of Japan' Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said that in future the world's most high profile region would be South Asia.

He said that, as pointed out by the Deputy Foreign Minister of Japan,...... Shunsuke Takei, the South Asian region will hold much significance to Japan unlike any other region in the world. He said Japan should work more towards the maintenance of peace and facilitating free transport in the Indian Ocean Maritime Zone.

Wickremesinghe added that Sri Lanka too, for its part, will commit itself to the sustenance of longlasting peace and durability of the Maritime Zone. He asserted that Colombo will not allow any of its ports to be usurped by any other country and that it was the sole responsibility of the Sri Lanka Navy. Minister Malik Samara-wickrema, addressing the convention, urged Japanese investors to visit Sri Lanka and take full advantage of the peaceful atmosphere prevaling in the country.

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