By Ranil Wickremasinghe, Sri Lankan Prime Minister
Following is an article written by the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremasinghe and published In the World's Opinion page of Project Syndicate Magazine. Project Syndicate's members include more than 500 newspapers and other publications in 154 countries, and our commentaries reach 300 million readers.
The Sinhala and Tamil New Year or as we all call it Avurudu in Sinhala, has become an important national holiday for both Sinhala Buddhists and the Tamil Hindus of Sri Lanka. It is unique because it is not celebrated in any other country as a national festival.
A Board of Inquiry has found shocking details of corruption running into billions of dollars, manipulations of service contracting, recruitment of unqualified staff and major security breaches at Sri Lankan Airlines under the former government, revealed a press release issued by the Prime Minister's Office.
It gives me great pleasure to participate in this august gathering，which brings together world leaders as well as the global business community upon a common platform fora constructive and mutually beneficial dialogue. Such a meeting of minds is most appropriate in the context of achieving our collective goal of prosperity and development for the people of Asia.
Sri Lankan President, Maithripala Sirisena, paid a State Visit to the People’s Republic of China from 25 to 27 March 2015 on the invitation of Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China. During the visit, President Sirisena also met with Li Keqiang, Premier, and Zhang Dejiang, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China. This was President Sirisena’s first visit to China as President undertaken within three months of his election.
Minister Mangala Samaraweera Presenting amendments to the United Nations Act giving effect in Sri Lanka to the UN Security Council Resolutions against money laundering and financing of terrorism, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera made a Statement in the Parliament on March 18, 2015. In his speech, Minister Samaraweera in addition to presenting details of action against money laundering and combatting terrorism, also explained the efforts being taken by the Government in defending the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka as well as renewing engagement with international community and organizations for among other matters, expediting the reconciliation process in Sri Lanka.
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was on a historic visit to Sri Lanka, flagged off Talaimannar rail service on March 14th 2015 completing the reconstruction of the entire Northern Province Railway Line.