Senior Japanese Parliamentarian on a fact-finding mission to help Sri Lanka

Senior Japanese
Parliamentarian Matsushita Shinpei of Liberal Democratic party met Prime
Minister Dinesh Gunawardena today (20) at the Prime Minister’s Office to
discuss cooperation between the two countries and areas of possible future
cooperation.

Matsushita Shinpei said the
main propose of his current visit is to see for himself how Sri Lanka is coping
with the economic crisis and to find out how Japan could assist in this
process. He expressed gratitude to Sri Lanka
for President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s scheduled visit to Tokyo to attend late Prime Minister Shinzo
Abe’s funeral.

The Prime Minister said
that Sri Lanka
hailed late Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as a great friend of this country and it
was natural for the Sri Lankan President to attend the funeral to pay respect
to the departed leader.

He thanked the senior MP of
Diet for the Japanese long-standing assistance to Sri Lanka. He said that Sri Lanka remains open to explore opportunities
to further deepening and widening of bilateral relations, not only by greater
trade and investment cooperation, but also in the areas of infrastructure,
transport, electronics, fishing, agriculture and renewable energy. He also
stressed the need for promotion of cultural exchanges to the mutual benefit of
the two peoples.

Matsushita Shinpei said he
would encourage more and more Japanese investors to invest in Sri Lanka.

At
present, about 80 enterprises with Japanese investment are in operation under
the purview of the BOI. They have made their investment in the fields such as
manufacturing semiconductors, printed circuit boards, safety sensors, ceramic
items, cement, apparel, building and repairing ships, fabrication and
installation of integrated buildings, power sector, tourism sector,
infrastructure and logistics.

Ambassador of Japan
Mizukoshi Hideaki, First Secretary Inoue Kemji and Second Secretary Imai Kaori
and Secretary to the Prime Minister, Anura Dissanayake were also present during
the meeting.

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