One has to go to 270 institutions to get an industry approved. This should be reduced... - Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena

The Prime Minister mentioned this today (20.06.2020) at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall while attending the "Industry EXPO 2024".

The Prime Minister speaking at the event stated that -

"The most competitive field to be planned and researched to overcome our upcoming challenge is the industrial sector. For that, we should lead in this field with a big plan and goal.

Private sector industries, problems faced by people in the export sector, new industrialists and industrialists who are re-establishing existing industries have to be raised through financial problems. Economic progress and financial crisis is a huge problem faced by our country today. That is why the President  MORE >>

Indian External Affairs Minister calls on PM

Neighbors are most important for us and there is tremendous goodwill in India for Sri Lanka – Indian External Affairs Minister

Indian Minister of External Affairs, Dr Subrahmanyam Jaishankar called on Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena at the Temple Trees today (June 20).

The Prime Minister congratulated Dr Jaishanker on the election victory of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance and reassured Sri Lanka’s commitment to work together to further strengthen close bilateral relations. He thanked India for the assistance given at recent difficult times after Covid pandemic and the economic crisis.

Minister Jaishankar said the neighbours like Sri Lanka are extremely important to India and  MORE >>

The launch of Sri Lanka Ocean Forecast website immensely useful to plan livelihood activities of people – Prime Ministe

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena launched the Sri Lanka Ocean Forecast website at a special function held at the Temple Trees in Colombo today (June 18).

The University of Western Australia provided this ocean forecast website through a grant allocated by the Australian government.

The Prime Minister said that just as the weather forecast describing future atmospheric conditions such as air temperature, humidity, precipitation, wind etc., ocean forecast is also extremely important to an Island-nation like Sri Lanka. “As we heavily rely on the Indian Ocean for our economic activities, it is of paramount importance to obtain accurate forecast on ocean conditions in terms of wave motion, ocean current, temperat MORE >>

We will build the strongest force that can move the country forward in this election.. - Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, Leader of Mahajana Eksath Peramuna

The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna is the most powerful part of this government...

There have always been coalition governments in this country...

The Prime Minister made these comments in Kirillawala on 17.06.2024 while attending the conference organized by the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna Gampaha District Council under the title "The Future of the Country and Our Responsibility".

The Prime Minister addressed the gathering stating-

"We are coming together at a time when our country has overcome several critical moments and also after creating that confidence that we can win strongly in the future.Countries that created various economic models throughout the world have proved that no  MORE >>

Wetlands should be considered as a resource and protected in order to reduce the future challenge of preventing floods in Colombo.. - Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena

We must collectively bear the responsibility of protecting urban wetlands..

The Prime Minister mentioned this today (2024.06.17) at the inaugural ceremony of the "Wetland Link International Asia Oceania Conference."

The first conference of the International Wetland Park Association for Australia, New Zealand and Asia is held in the vicinity of Battaramulla Diyasaru Park from 14th to 21st June.

The Prime Minister further commented at the event-

“This conference brings together around 100 wetland experts from over 15 countries to exchange knowledge and experience on wetland management on the theme “Wetlands and Wetland centres for Ecotourism”. This conference is of utmost impor MORE >>

Prime Minister’s message of greetings on Eid-ul Adha (Hajj festival)

Let us further foster the society with spiritual values.

Muslims from all over the world celebrate Hajj festival by performing their religious practices.

Gathering together and performing the rituals associated with their religion has been practiced since ancient times. The Islamic devotees also communicate the meaning of social coexistence by participating in the Hajj pilgrimage together. The main objective of Hajj festival is to live in harmony with equality.

Let us embrace in this Hajj festival to live in friendship and brotherhood, giving up insignificant differences by fostering the Sri Lankan society with the said spiritual values.

Dinesh Gunawardena (M.P.),

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, who observed the progress of ’Malwathu Oya Project’, inspected the plans at Thanthirimale Rajamaha Viharaya. (June 15).

Through this project which the Malwathu Oya is the water source, and which provides irrigation to 22,000 hectares of agricultural land to produces rice and additional crops, it is expected to generate 50 MW of electricity through the installation of solar panels in the Malwatu Oya Reservoir, and 1.6 MW of electricity is to be generated through the Malwathu Oya Small Hydropower System.

Ven. Thanthirimale Chandarathana Thera, Chief incumbent of Thanthirimale Rajamaha Viharaya, State Ministers Shehan Semasinghe and Ashoka Priyantha, MP S.M. Chandrasena, and Anuradhapura District Secretary Janaka Jayasundara participated in this event.

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All temporary employees of local government institutions were awarded permanent status from last Friday... - Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena

The Prime Minister stated this on 15.06.2024 attending the event of distribution of egg incubators held at Kurunegala District Secretariat office.

Through an egg incubator, which is provided under the assistance of the Chinese government, direct income sources will be opened for five families and many families in the villages related to those families will get its indirect benefits. The objective of this program is to improve income generation, improve nutrition of families, improve general egg production in the country, and create a self-sufficient home garden at the household level, and creating rural entrepreneurs.

The Prime Minister commenting at the event stated that -

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When the economy of many countries collapsed and government employees were sacked, we did not allow that to happen in our country.- Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena...

Public servants’ responsibiliies should be fulfilled on behalf of the people.

The Prime Minister made these comments when the two storied building of Mahawilachchiya Divisional Secretariat office was vested with the public on 15.06.2024 at Pemaduwa.

The Prime Minister addressing the event commented that -

"As mentioned in our history, our history is fostered by the history that was bequeathed from these areas many centuries ago. It is the great civilization that was bequeathed from these areas that allowed our country to inherit an incomparable civilization compared with the world.

In a very difficult period, we had to take over the responsibility of the country. Various s MORE >>

National Operations Room Committee Decisions - Prime Minister’s Office

Many decisions from the National Operations Room Committee to quicken the delivery of the benefits of the development projects to people ...

The National Operating Room Committee, chaired by the Secretary to the Prime Minister Mr. Anura Dissanayake, which met at Temple Trees recently, took many decisions to deliver the benefits of the development projects to the people as soon as possible.

The development projects in the infrastructure, public facilities projects and education sectors under the provisions of the Asian Development Bank were discussed at length. He also specifically discussed the delay in the construction of the Moragolla hydropower plant, which started as a solution to the rapidly increasing el MORE >>

Prime Minister’s greetings on Russian National Day

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena congratulated the Russian Ambassador Levan S. Dzhagaryan on the National Day of Russia and described Russia as a true friend, when the Ambassador called on him at the Temple Trees in Colombo today (June 12).

The Ambassador thanked the Prime Minister and stated that his country is fully committed to further expanding relationship and cooperation with Sri Lanka.

The Prime Minister recalled his discussions with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who visited Sri Lanka when he was the Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2020 and impressed with the work of the Russian-Lankan Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation.

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Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said that the education authorities have been instructed to regularize the educational activities of the children in the areas that were affected by the recent bad weather conditions.

The Prime Minister mentioned this while distributing school equipment and dry food items to children affected by the disaster (11.06.2024).

The distribution of school equipment and dry food items to the affected children due to the disaster situation was done at Hanwella Church, Puwakpitiya Purwaramaya, and Avissawella Subhadrarama Pirivena under the patronage of the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister stressed that it is the responsibility of the adults to ensure that nothing obstructs the children’s education, and that school cleaning and renovation work has already started with the participation of local administration and line institutions.

The Prime Minister also pointed out that these  MORE >>

In the school classroom, an environment should be created for children to learn confidently and happily... - Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena

The Prime Minister made these comments while attending the occasion of opening of the auditorium and indoor stadium of Kottawa North Dharmapala Vidyalaya, today (10.06.2024).

The Prime Minister addressing the event commented that –

The name Dharmapala is the life of a nation. Dharmapala Maha Vidyalaya has been established more than a hundred years ago and the great nationalist-thinking of Dharmapala is carried forward by the children who join the school. The children who leave of the school become citizens who can join the process of complete knowledge that can take ownership of the nation. I know very well the demands made by our parents for a long time to bring this institution to a success. I prefer the s MORE >>

No matter how much we talk about development, most people still travel in buses... - Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena

An induction program was held today (2024.06.09) at the Temple Trees under the patronage of Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena under the approved recruitment and promotion procedure of Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) staff.

The Prime Minister commented-

"In 1957, Hon. Philip Gunawardena established the government under the leadership of Hon. Bandaranaike to nationalize private bus companies to establish the CTB and Mr. Philip Gunawardena presented that bill to the Parliament. At that time, there was a big debate in the parliament that we should take it piece by piece. However Mr. Philip Gunawardena insisted that under the theme they should be taken in a single day. The depot employees throughout Sri Lanka occup MORE >>

Prime Minister meets European Union delegation

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena held a discussion with the European Union Exploratory Mission (ExM) of the EU Election Observatory Mission (EOM) at the Temple Trees today (June 7).

The delegation discussed issues pertaining to forthcoming elections in Sri Lanka and explained the EU’s methods of election monitoring after entering into an agreement with the government and the Election Commission.

When they said that there were rumours regarding the next election, the Prime Minister stated that the Constitutional Provision was very clear on the Presidential Election and already the Election Commission has made an announcement with this regard. He assured that elections will be held in accordance with the c MORE >>

Vietnam Ambassador bids farewell

The Vietnam Ambassador Thi Thanh Truc paid a farewell call on Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena at the Temple Trees in Colombo on Thursday (June 6).

The Prime Minister thanked her for the contribution made to strengthen bilateral relations during her tenure and wished her well in her future endeavours.

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Maldives and Sri Lanka to enter into new treaties to increase economic cooperation

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Maldives, Moosa Zameer called on Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena at the Temple Trees in Colombo today (June 6).

During the meeting, they exchanged views on strengthening existing areas, and exploring new avenues of cooperation, particularly on trade, investment, education and culture.

Minister Zameer said his country is very keen to expand relations with Sri Lanka and the proposed bilateral treaties and Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) would help to further strengthen economic cooperation between Maldives and Sri Lanka. It is proposed to sign a Investment Protection Treaty, Double Tax Avoidance Agreement and to facilitate remittances by Sri Lankans employed in the Maldiv MORE >>

Prime Minister discusses trade and investment growth with Mauritius

Mauritius for Sri Lanka’s entry to Small Island Developing States

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena held a discussion with Mauritius High Commissioner Haymandoyal Dillum about the expansion of trade and investment relations between the two countries. He urged to explore possibility of investments in new areas including power and energy, during a discussion held with the High Commissioner when the latter called on him at the Temple Trees today (June 5).

They discussed close collaboration in multilateral organizations such as Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), of which both are founder members and African Union in which Mauritius is a member and Sri Lanka obtained Observer Status.

Over the past MORE >>