The Minister of Finance & Mass Media, Mangala Samaraweera visited Washington DC from 15 – 17 January 2019 accompanied by Minister of Public Distribution & Economic Reforms, Dr Harsha de Silva and a delegation of officials, comprised of Secretary/ Finance, Dr R.H.S. Samaratunga, Governor / Central Bank, Dr Indrajit Coomaraswamy and senior officials from the Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank.
The visit was primarily focused on negotiations with IMF on the trajectory of Sri Lanka’s continued fiscal consolidation while accommodating policies to support growth and strengthen social safety nets.
On the sidelines of their visit, the Ministerial delegation also took the opportunity to brief members of the Congress, the Senate as well as senior officials from the Department of State, Department of Treasury, Overseas Private Investment Corporation etc on further strengthening of Sri Lanka - US partnership for mutual benefit, security and prosperity in the Indo - Pacific and government’s continued commitment to strengthening of democratic institutions. Among others, the delegation met with Senator Chris Van Hollen, Congressman Tom Malinowsky, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Ambassador Alice Wells, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Treasury, Robert Kaproth.
Charge d’Affaires of the Sri Lankan Embassy, Sarath Dissanayke accompanied the delegation for discussions.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
13 February 2019
The staff of the Sri Lanka Embassy in Washington DC, on 01 January 2019, ceremonially commenced work for year 2019, following a special event conducted at the mission premises.
The event started with the hoisting of the National Flag of Sri Lanka at the chancery building by Chargé d'Affaires Sarath Dissanayake. The National Anthem of Sri Lanka was sung by the staff, followed by the observance of two - minutes silence in remembrance of national heroes and those who sacrificed their lives for the motherland. The Oath of Public Servants was taken in Sinhala and Tamil thereafter.
Speaking on the occasion, Chargé d'Affaires Dissanayake greeted all staff and wished them a happy, peaceful and successful New Year. He quoted the New Year messages issued by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, and noted the emphasis placed therein on a new era of peace, reconciliation and prosperity for all Sri Lankans irrespective of ethnic, religious and other differences. In closing, the Chargé d'Affaires, requested all staff to redouble their efforts and rededicate themselves to serve the motherland with a resolute commitment, determination and steadfastness.
The staff joined in fellowship by sharing Sri Lankan traditional milk rice and sweetmeats to celebrate the dawn of the New Year 2019.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
01 January 2019
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