IMF staff level agreement reached - Prime Minister

US$ 2.9 billion Extended Fund Facility over 4 years
Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena announced that the Staff-Level Agreement with International Monetary Fund (IMF) has been reached today (Sep 1) and Sri Lanka will get US$ 2.9 billion Extended Fund Facility over a period of four years. “This is an important milestone in the attempt to revive the economy which is faced with a deep recession,” he said in Parliament and added that after this Staff Level Agreement there is a requirement to obtained required financial assurances about debt sustainability from the countries that provide loans to Sri Lanka.”
Following is the full statement made by the Prime Minister;
Sri Lanka reaches Staff Level Agreement with internat MORE >>

The government’s endeavor is to make self-sufficient villages all over the country making use of every single drop of water falling from the sky, without being wasted. - Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said that it is our responsibility to adhere to the concept, "making use of every single drop of water falling from the sky without letting flow to the sea not being used.” He stated this taking part at the distribution of 35 drinking water bowsers at a cost of 490 million Rupees to the local governments in 7 provinces, 15 districts, namely North, East, North Central, North West, Central, Uva and South at Sri Lanka Administrative Institute, Colombo recenytly.
These bowsers were distributed to selected Pradeshiya Sabha in the districts of Jaffna, Vavuniya, Mannar, Kilinochchi, Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Ampara. He distributed water bowsers to the selected Pradeshiya Sabha of Anuradhapura, Polonnaru MORE >>

Prime Minister calls on all political parties to expedite formation of National Council

Prime Minister chaired a meeting of political parties to discuss the proposed Parliamentary Committees and the proposed National Council at the Parliament complex today (29). He urged the parties to submit their proposals as early as possible so that final decision could be reached by Friday (Sept 2).
The party leaders agreed to submit their views on the draft submitted by Wednesday (31) so that the establishment of National Council could be expedited. Most of them agreed that a consensus must be reached between political parties regarding the Committees and National Council.
The meeting was attended by representatives of SLPP, CWC, EPDP and the main opposition SJB, SLFP, CWC, EPDp and several others. Secretary General of Parl MORE >>

Prime Minister congratulates those who passed GCE AL and offer best wishes to all those who sat for the examination

“I offer my sincere congratulations to the students who qualified for university admission after determined success amidst numerous hardships.
I also offer my best wishes to those who attempted to reach this goal unsuccessfully and assure them we would be with them in their endeavours to reach victory in their selected spheres.
My ardent wish is to see the students who enter universities committing themselves for the progress of our Motherland.”

Dinesh Gunawardena
Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. MORE >>

"Ready to work together to find solutions to the food crisis" -Sanasa President, Dr. P.A. Kirivandeniya tells the Prime Minister.

A discussion between Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena and the Sanasa Movement was held at the Prime Minister’s Office in Colombo recently.
In this this discussion, Members of Parliament Suren Raghavan, Yadamini Gunawardena and Anupa Pascual, Prime Minister’s Secretary Anura Dissanayake, Secretary of the Ministry of Public Administration Priyantha Mayadunne, Sanasa President Dr. Kirivandeniya, Professor Hilary Silva and several other Sanasa officials participated.
Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena highlighted that the network resources available with Sanasa are very important to strengthen the rural economy at this moment. Sanasa has been working with the rural people for a long time and it has a satisfactory commu MORE >>

Prime Minister’s discussions with IMF focuses on safety net to protect economically vulnerable groups

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena held a discussion with International Monetary Fund (IMF) delegation headed by Negotiation Panel Head Peter Breuer at the Prime Minister’s Office in Colombo yesterday (26).
The Prime Minister briefed the IMF delegation about the steps taken by the government to face the unprecedented economic challenges faced by the country and to mitigate the hardships faced by the lower income groups. While elaborating the measures taken to reduce non-essential imports and increase export productions, he stressed the need for welfare for the poorest segments of the society.
IMF Negotiation Panel Head Peter Breuer, said his delegation would hold discussions with the government, opposition and other stakehold MORE >>

We are with you during these difficult times – UNICEF Regional Director assures Prime Minister

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena urged the UNICEF to increase assistance for women and children in rural and urban low income groups. He said this when a senior UNICEF delegation headed by Regional Director for South Asia George Laryea-Adjei called on him yesterday (August 24).

UNICEF Regional Director pointed out that UNICEF has number of projects for women and children and assured, “We are with you at these difficult times and we will expand our programmes in Sri Lanka”.

He added that the ongoing projects include supply of clean drinking water, supply of education materials and other critical supplies to children and families in the country.
Prime Minister stressed the importance of supply of mid MORE >>

Prime Minister urges DARAZ CEO to expand Saubhagya Production Village programme through Daraz Connect

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena urged the Chief Executive Officer of Daraz Group, Bjarke Mikkelson to expand the Saubhagya Production Bureau and Saubhagya Production Villages through Daraz Connect, which is being carried out in partnership with the Divisional Secretariats.
During a discussion with a delegation headed by Mr Mikkelson at the Prime Minister’s Office on Tuesday, he said the Daraz Connect programme would be useful for rural skills development.
Daraz CEO acceded to the request made by the Prime Minister to explore possibilities of venturing into renewable energy, production of electrical bicycles and marketing rural agricultural and cottage industries products.
Managing Director Rakhil Fernando said Dara MORE >>

PM distributes school equipment 35 nursery schools and sewing machines to self-employed women

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena participated in a programme of distribution under his Decentralized budgetary allocations
The allocations were used to distribute equipment for 35 nursery schools registered in Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte division and sewing machines to raise the production capacity of people who are engaged in apparels related self employment.
Number of government officials including Yadamini Gunawardena MP, Madhura Withana MP, I.V. Premalal Mayor, Kapila Nanda Kumara Urban Council Member, Pradeep Yasarathna Colombo District Secretary and the Divisional Secretary Kotte participated in this event. MORE >>

"Don’t strike down Cooperatives" - Prime Minister tells the governors.

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena told the Provincial Governor’s not to take any step that would be detrimental to the cooperatives. Speaking at a discussion held with the Provincial Governors at the Prime Minister’s Office in Colombo he said that the cooperative movement is the giant hand that built the rural economy of Sri Lanka.

He further said, "Information evidence in every Provincial Council proves that the cooperatives have become a dying movement. It is not the government officials who are in the cooperatives. They are the “members of the village. The officials need to give them strength. Some of them are production societies, some of them are distribution societies. For the rise of cooperative movement again we MORE >>

People’s support is very important to solve the country’s crisis- Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said the support of people is very important to solve the country’s crisis. He said this when he visited Sri Sudharmarama Pirivena, Manikkawatta Sri Vijayaramaya and Randev temples in Avissawella on 21.08.2022

At the same time, furniture including chairs for teachers were provided from the Parliamentary Decentralized Budgetary Fund for the Dhamma schools run in those temples.

"The temples have been working together with me for a long time. They give the necessary advice and guidance. We always hope for the guidance of the Mahaangha to carry out our work. We are living in the worst time in the history of Sri Lanka. We are here to save the country from that situation. The suppo MORE >>

A discussion between livestock producers, organizations and representatives and Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena was held on recently at the Prime Minister’s Office Colombo.

The issues discussed at the meeting included the measures that could be taken to increase the production of local livestock, reduce the problems faced by livestock producers and provide products at an affordable price to the people.

Pointing out the importance of a healthy human resource for a country, the Prime Minister highlighted that the price of eggs should be reduced so that the people can purchase eggs since more nutrients can be obtained from the consumption of eggs.
Mr. Sarath Ratnayake, President of the Egg Producers’ Association, said that if the price of chicken feed and fuel reduced, the price of eggs can be reduced.

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena pointed out that the government has pai MORE >>

ජනතා සහන ලබාදීම වෙනුවෙන්, පලාත් සභා යටතේ අක්‍රියව පවතින ආයතන වහාම සක්‍රිය කරන්න. අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය දිනේෂ් ගුණවර්ධන මහතා

අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය දිනේෂ් ගුණවර්ධන මහතා හා පළාත් ආණ්ඩුකාරවරු අතර හමුවක් 2022.08.19 දින කොළඹ අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය ලේකම් කාර්යාලයේ දී පැවැත්විණ.

මෑත ඉතිහාසයේ රට මුහුණ දෙන භයානකම ආර්ථික අර්බුධය හමුවේ ජනාධිපතිතුමා ප්‍රධාන රජය ක්‍රියාත්මක කරන වැඩ පිළිවෙළට සමස්ථ රාජ්‍ය සේවය, පෞද්ගලික සේවය වගේම ජනත MORE >>

Prime Minister calls for Iranian investments in energy sector

Ambassador of Iran Hashem Ashjazadeh said there is immense potential for Iranian investments in energy sector in Sri Lanka. He stated this when Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena briefed him on the steps taken to restructure energy sector and to attract foreign investor participation.

The Prime Minister said Iran has the opportunities now to invest in new sectors such as agriculture and industrial sectors in addition to energy sector.

Iran Ambassador said his country will donate a stock of medicine and medical equipment to Sri Lanka later this month. The Prime Minister thanked Iran for the support and assistance provided to Sri Lanka for the development work as well as to help early recovery from current economi MORE >>

United Nations highly appreciative of Sri Lanka’s continuous cooperation with UN agencies – UNDCO Regional Director

UN Development Coordination Office (UNDCO) Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific David McLachlan-Karr said the UN is highly impressed with Sri Lanka’s commitment to work in close cooperation for the development of the country.

During his meeting with Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena at the Prime Minister’s Office in Colombo he assured that the UNDCO would extend every possible assistance to Sri Lanka’s development programmes related to Sustainable Development Goals, green economy, social cohesion and social protection.

Prime Minister Gunawardena thanked the support extended to Sri Lanka and welcomed the signing of the agreement to launch the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framewo MORE >>

The Prime Minister thanks Cuba for its support to Sri Lanka

A meeting between Sri Lankan Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena and Cuban Ambassador Andres Marshelo Gonzales Garrido took place on 17.08.2022 at the Prime Minister’s Office in Colombo.

The Prime Minister stated that he is committed to further develop the deep friendship between the two countries.
The Prime Minister emphasized the need to exchange new scientific and technological innovations in agricultural sector between the two countries.

The Ambassador said that he was happy with the successful experiments carried out by the Sri Lankan Coconut Research Center and mentioned that he is working to get coconut saplings for cultivation in his country.
The ambassador further stated that there is sco MORE >>

Pakistan assures continued support to Sri Lanka

A meeting between Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena and Pakistan High Commissioner Major General Umar Farooq Burki took place on 17.08.2022 at the Prime Minister’s Office in Colombo.

The High Commissioner confirmed that Sri Lanka will continue to receive the cooperation of his country, as the two countries have a long and strong friendly relationship.

The Prime Minister expressed his gratitude to Pakistan for its consistant support at international platforms to protect the sovereignty of Sri Lanka.

They held a lengthy exchange of views on the possibilities of developing relations in the fields of commerce, investment, education, technology, tourism, farming and dairy production.

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New visa regulations will help more Korean investments in Sri Lanka – Korean Ambassador

Ambassador of Republic of Korea, Santhush Woonjin Jeong said the newly introduced relaxed visa regulations will help to attract more Korean investors to Sri Lanka. Pointing out that Korea was the top most investor in Sri Lanka in the 1980s, the Ambassador said his country desires to regain that position by increasing investments.

He stated this when he called on Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena to felicitate him on his appointment as the Premier.

The Prime Minister said Korea has the opportunities now to invest in new sectors such as production of agricultural machinery, medicine and medical equipment and renewable energy and fisheries sectors. He also pointed out the potential for exports to huge Indian mark MORE >>