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At the invitation of Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta, Minister to attend International Summit on Aviation Safety and Security in Washington DC Minister Samaraweera to sign MoU with Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham under the “MegaPorts Initiative” Minister of Ports & Aviation of Sri Lanka, Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, will visit Washington D.C. from July 18-22, 2004. While in Washington DC, the Minister of Ports & Aviation will attend The International Summit on Aviation Safety and Security hosted by the George Washington University Consortium of the George Washington University Aviation Institute from July 19-22, 2004 at the invitation of the US Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta. During the visit, the Minister of Ports & Aviation will also meet with the US Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham to discuss matters related to prevention of illicit shipment of nuclear and radioactive material and, will also focus on matters of port and aviation security with the Transportation Security Administration of the US Department of Homeland Security. International Summit on Aviation Safety and Security Minister Samaraweera is attending the International Summit on Aviation Safety and Security at the invitation of the US Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta and the George Washington University Consortium of the George Washington University Aviation Institute. The Summit Program sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration of the US Department of Transportation with active assistance from the US Department of State and the Transportation Security Administration, is administered by the George Washington University Consortium. The Summit will discuss ways and means of increasing cooperation on international aviation safety and security and in ensuring continuing compliance with ICAO Standards in those areas. The participants at Ministerial level will discuss the essential elements of civil aviation safety and security from a policy perspective. Port and Aviation Security Port and aviation security has emerged as a critical issue in the global war on terrorism and keeping the global trading system open. Sri Lanka as a trade dependent economy with over 70% of GDP generated by trade, relies on ports and airports to trade with the world. In particular, with US$1.8 billion of exports destined to the US as the largest trading partner, port and container security are vital for the competitiveness of Sri Lankan exports and employment generation. Promotion of Colombo as a transportation hub also requires increased levels of port and aviation security. Airport Security is also critical for the country’s transportation, commercial and trading interests. Container and Aviation Security Director General Sri Lanka Customs and the US Deputy Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection signed the Declaration of Principles relating to the implementation of the Container Security Initiative (CSI) and, Sri Lanka and the US have signed an Air Transport Agreement establishing an open skies policy to boost air transport links between the two countries. Sri Lanka will also participate in a bilateral airport security initiative with the US. With this necessary framework in place, collaboration in port security, airport security and civil aviation will be further enhanced. “MegaPorts Initiative” Minister Samaraweera will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) concerning Cooperation to Prevent the Illicit Trafficking in Nuclear and Other Radioactive Material between the US Department of Energy and the Ministry of Ports and Aviation of Sri Lanka. This MoU is part of the “MegaPorts” initiative of the US Department of Energy which seeks to curb the illicit movement of radioactive and nuclear material worldwide and to prevent nuclear smugglers and terrorists from using the shipping network for illicit purposes. US –Sri Lanka cooperation under this MoU will enhance security at the Colombo Port. The Minister and the United States Secretary of Energy, Spencer Abraham will discuss issues related to the implementation of the MoU which is being signed within two weeks of initiating discussions between the two countries. Representatives from the Department of Energy’s “MegaPorts” initiative will visit Colombo to discuss the program with Sri Lankan officials. The signing of this MoU marks yet another significant milestone in US-Sri Lanka bilateral relations and will further enhance the partnership in key areas. Container Security Initiative (CSI) Senior Officials of the Department of Homeland Security will discuss with Minister Samaraweera port and aviation security matters. In particular, Minister Samaraweera will discuss implementation of the Container Security Initiative (CSI). The CSI was established to increase the security of the world’s maritime trading system through strengthening customs cooperation at seaports. Sri Lanka and the United States signed the Declaration of Principles for the US Container Security Initiative on June 25, 2003. The CSI will help secure speedy clearance and movement of trade between Sri Lanka and the ports of the United States without undue delays in the process of container shipment. Preliminary work has been underway to prepare for the installation of non-intrusive inspectional equipment at the Colombo Port to scan targeted containers bound for US ports. This Initiative has been further supplemented by Sri Lanka’s compliance with the International Ship and Port Security (ISPS) Code of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). US Trade and Development Agency & Airport Financing Minister Samaraweera will discuss with the Director of the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) ways and means to move forward on the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Government of Sri Lanka and the USTDA in November 2003. The MoU enables USTDA funding in the area of aviation and communication technology. USTDA finances technical assistance, feasibility studies, orientation visits and business workshops, among others. During this meeting the Minister will specifically focus on USTDA assistance for airport development and air traffic management and other civil aviation issues. Preparatory work for the implementation of the CSI is funded by the USTDA. The visit of Minister Samaraweera is part of an ongoing process of high level consultations between Sri Lanka and the US on security issues related to securing Sri Lanka’s trade and aviation interests within the rubric of increasing bilateral trade and investment. The Minister of Ports and Aviation is accompanied by Mr. A. Hewage Secretary, Ministry of Ports and Aviation, Mr. M.K.A.M. Hizbullah, Chairman, Airport and Aviation (Sri Lanka) Ltd and Mr. H.M.C. Nimalasiri, Director-General, Civil Aviation Authority. Embassy of Sri Lanka Washington DC USA 18 July 2004
Convention protects against double taxation of income for companies with taxable income in both US and Sri Lanka Ambassador Subasinghe says that Convention will enhance profitability for US investors in Sri Lanka and strengthen the existing legal framework for the promotion of US investments The Convention between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Government of the United States for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to Taxes on Income and a subsequent Protocol amending the Convention formally entered into force upon the exchange of Instruments of Ratification on 12th July 2004 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Dr. P.B. Jayasundera, Secretary to the Ministry of Finance and Hon. Jeffrey J. Lunstead, the Ambassador of the United States of America to Sri Lanka exchanged Instruments of Ratification on behalf of their respective governments, at the Ministry of Finance, Colombo. Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar had earlier signed the Instrument of Ratification on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka. The agreement with Sri Lanka represents the first tax treaty between the two countries. The tax treaty with the US was first signed in 1985 in Colombo. The Protocol Amending the Convention between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Government of the United States for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to Taxes on Income, was signed in September 2002 in Washington DC. Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the United States, Ambassador Subasinghe commenting on the entry into force of the Convention said, “ this treaty will provide an effective impetus for further strengthening US-Sri Lanka trade and financial relations, and will also enhance the foundation for a deeper and broader trade and investment partnership with the US. This Agreement will enhance profitability for US investors in Sri Lanka and strengthen the existing legal framework for the promotion of US investments.” Bilateral tax treaties are the primary means of eliminating tax barriers to trade and investment. The Treaty will relieve double taxation both in the United States and Sri Lanka through the Foreign Tax Credit Mechanism. It will also provide for non-discriminatory treatment by one country to residents and nationals of the other. Further, the Treaty includes an exchange of information provisions that generally follows the US Model. Sri Lanka has confirmed its ability to obtain and exchange key tax related information. The Convention will protect against double taxation of income for companies with taxable income in both the US and Sri Lanka. It will also provide maximum rates of tax to be applied to various types of income for companies with operations in both the countries. Following the exchange of instruments of ratification in Colombo, United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Ambassador Jeffrey Lunstead said, "this cooperative agreement reflects the importance of the growing financial relationships between the US and Sri Lanka and shows how our two countries are working together to further deepen our economic and financial ties.” The Ministry of Finance of Sri Lanka in a statement following the exchange of instruments of ratification of the bilateral Convention in Colombo said, “it is anticipated that the Sri Lanka-US Double Taxation Avoidance Convention will induce substantial capital inflows and technology transfers from the US. It provides for reduced rates of taxation and investors of both countries would be entitled to tax credit in respect of the tax paid in the host country against taxes payable in their home country.” Double Taxation Treaties stimulate the flow of capital, technology and personnel from one country to another, particularly from capital exporting countries to developing countries, by eliminating the burden of taxation in both countries and thereby creating a more attractive investment climate. Thus, the treaty mechanism is a useful tool in harmonizing the tax laws of the host country with those of the home country of foreign investors. The Agreement is yet another milestone in the existing series of bilateral agreements signed between the two countries which include the Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Treaty, the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) and the Investment Incentive Agreement (US Overseas Private Investment Corporation). These Agreements, whilst strengthening the foundation for an enhanced trade and investment relationship, also provide a positive environment for a US intention to negotiate an FTA with Sri Lanka. Please click here for US-Sri Lanka Double Taxation Treaty (Convention & Protocol) Embassy of Sri Lanka Washington DC USA 12 July 2004 Double Taxation Treaty between Sri Lanka and the US Technical Explanation of the Double Taxation Treaty between Sri Lanka and the US
Sri Lankan Navy Chief winds up Historic U.S. visit with Three High Profile Meetings Meets with Vice Chief of Naval Operations and Deputy Secretary of State Full Honours Wreath Laying Ceremony for Admiral Sandagiri at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier H.E. Devinda R. Subasinghe, Vice Admiral Daya Sandagiri and Admiral Mike Mullen at the Pentagon Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy, Vice Admiral Daya Sandagiri continued his historic visit to the US where the US transferred a 210 foot cutter to the Sri Lanka Navy. Accompanied by Ambassador Devinda R. Subasinghe, Sri Lanka Ambassador to the US, Admiral Sandagiri met with Admiral Mike Mullen, Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO) at the Pentagon today. Admiral Mullen was deputizing for Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Verne Clarke who was out of Washington. The discussions centered on bilateral interests pertaining to the interdiction of illegal arms trafficking, security of the seas and ports, and related naval issues. Admiral Mullen stated that Sri Lanka is extremely important in the global security arena due to its unique location in the Indian Ocean. Admiral Sandagiri thanked the VCNO for all assistance accorded to the Sri Lanka Navy, especially in field of training. This visit is considered a historic first by a Sri Lankan Armed Forces Commander to the Pentagon. Vice Admiral Sandagiri Presents a Memento to Under Secretary Bolton Admiral Sandagiri met with John Bolton, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security at the Department of State. Under Secretary Bolton too expressed his appreciation for the manner in which Sri Lanka had contributed towards addressing critical global security issues and stated that this was laudable. Vice Admiral Daya Sandagiri meets US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage Meeting with Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage and Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Ms Christina Rocca at the Department of State, Admiral Sandagiri thanked Mr. Armitage for the US decision to transfer the US Coast Guard Cutter to the Sri Lanka Navy to strengthen the country’s ability to protect its sovereignty and territorial integrity. In particular, the capability to interdict illegal arms shipments in a region increasingly was facing multiple threats. Deputy Secretary Armitage noted the burgeoning defense and security partnership that is supporting the Government of Sri Lanka in the Peace Process. In particular, support for the critical role of the Sri Lanka Navy in defense and national security. The discussion also focused on the US role as Co-Chair of the Tokyo Process and the consistent US policy in the global war on terrorism. Sri Lanka’s Navy chief was accorded a rare honour by Commandant Naval District of Washington at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier located within the Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday June 26. Admiral Sandagiri was honoured by a 19 gun salute at the entrance to the cemetery and was received by the Commandant Rear Admiral Jan Gaudio. The Honour Guard carried both the Sri Lankan and US National flags and the band played the two National Anthems. Admiral Sandagiri accompanied by H.E. Devinda R. Subasinghe and Rear Admiral Jan Gaudio then laid a wreath at the tomb. The band concluded the ceremony by playing a drum roll followed by Taps. The conclusion of Admiral Sandagiri’s visit marks two historic events for a Sri Lankan military chief, the transfer of a US vessel to the Sri Lanka Navy and the visit to the Pentagon. Embassy of Sri Lanka Washington DC USA 25 June 2004

Sri Lankan Navy acquires the First Ever US Vessel at a ceremony held in Washington

The “Courageous” at anchor

Vice Admiral Daya Sandagiri and Admiral Thomas Collins at the historic transfer ceremony. Ambassador Subasinghe looks on.

Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy Vice Admiral Daya Sandagiri accepted the transfer of the former US Coast Guard 210 foot Cutter “Courageous” at a ceremony held at the US Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington DC today. The Cutter now designated P-621 was transferred to the Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy by Commandant of the Coast Guard Admiral Thomas Collins. Admiral Collins stated that this was an important step in the burgeoning relationship between the two countries and he was delighted that the ship would be in the hands of true professionals. Whilst wishing the Sri Lankan Navy “fair weather and happy tidings” he mentioned that the new Captain of the ship has an enviable task ahead. Admiral Sandagiri, in turn thanked the US for selecting Sri Lanka for the transfer of this vessel and stated that the Sri Lankan Navy’s capabilities would be enhanced by this latest acquisition. Ambassador Devinda R. Subasinghe too thanked the US for this tangible support to Sri Lanka’s national security. The friendly relations both countries have enjoyed since the dawn of independence unabated are based on shared values of democracy and economic freedoms. Admiral Sandagiri and the delegation also inspected the “Courageous” which is berthed in the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore prior to the transfer ceremony. Admiral Sandagiri inspects the vessel with his staff The Sri Lanka Navy team also comprised of Commodore Tisara Samarasinghe, Commodore Jayantha Perera, Commander Dhammika Goonetilake and Captain Sirimevan Ranasinghe. Brigadier Rohan Jayasinghe, the Defence, Military, Naval and Air Attaché of the Embassy too participated in this event. The P-621 will now go through a comprehensive reactivation and refurbishing process in the US and once completed will set sail for Sri Lanka in the near future. Admiral Sandagiri will conclude his visit with a call on Vice Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Michael G. Mullen and meetings with Deputy Secretary of State Mr Richard Armitage and Under Secretary, Arms Control and International Security Mr John Bolton. Embassy of Sri Lanka Washington DC USA 24 June 2004
Holds constructive discussions on moving forward the Sri Lanka - U.S. Trade and Investment agenda A preliminary study on Sri Lanka - U.S. FTA predicts 3.5% GDP growth in Sri Lanka Hon. Jeyaraj Fernandopulle meets US Deputy Secretary of Commerce Hon. Ted Kassinger Hon. Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, Minister of Trade, and Commerce & Consumer Affairs concluded his four-day visit to the US moving forward the bilateral trade and investment agenda. On Tuesday, June 22, he met with his Commerce Counterpart Hon. Ted Kassinger, Deputy Secretary of Commerce (acting for Secretary of Commerce who is on an official visit to China) and Representative Jerry Weller, a key Congressional ally of Sri Lanka and attended a meeting at the International Institute for Economics (IIE), a Washington based trade think tank. Minister meets Commerce Counterpart At the meeting with Hon. Kassinger, the Minister Fernandopulle emphasized that Sri Lanka will continue to maintain the momentum gathered thus far in the US-Sri Lanka trade and investment relations and that the new Government will continue to engage with the US to deepen and broaden the trade and economic relationship. The development of the rural sector and upliftment of living standards of the people will receive special attention of the new Government. In this regard the Government will continue the poverty alleviation programme - “Samurdhi Scheme”- to generate self-employment and provide micro financing to needy people. The Government will also encourage foreign direct investment into Sri Lanka, which is strategically located between the East and West as a gateway to the vast Indian market. The Sri Lanka-India Free Trade Agreement has opened up many avenues for foreign investment in Sri Lanka. Minister Fernandopulle also explained that Sri Lanka had revised the country’s Intellectual Property Rights legislation, which will be enforced strictly to protect intellectual property rights. Hon. Kassinger welcomed the strict enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights, which he said would lead to increased investment in Sri Lanka. It was noted that Microsoft and Oracle have opened business offices in Sri Lanka. Discussing government procurement, the Minister informed that the new Government plans to ensure a fair and transparent Government procurement process in Sri Lanka. Minister Fernandopulle also noted that Sri Lanka is working towards signing the WTO Information Technology Agreement. He added that Sri Lanka, as a trade dependent economy, will continue to work constructively with the international community to ensure the successful conclusion of the Doha Development Agenda. The Minister also discussed the implications to Sri Lanka arising from the abolition of textile quotas in 2005. Members of the Sri Lanka business delegation who participated in the meeting highlighted their adverse experience with regard to specific textile quota categories that have already been phased out. Hon. Ted Kassinger explained that the US is aware of the painful adjustment that the abolition of quotas involved and pointed out the necessity for Sri Lanka to diversify its export base. The business delegation describing the strategic partnerships they have formed with US companies described the conducive business environment in Sri Lanka for foreign investors, which includes transparent investment laws, sophisticated legal and regulatory framework, generous fiscal intensives, free transfer of fees, profits, capital earnings, a highly trainable labour force, high literacy ratio, efficient port facilities etc. The Sri Lanka business delegation also informed that the Joint Apparel Associations Forum is planning a visit to North Carolina to meet with the textile fabric manufacturers to explore the possibility of increasing imports from US manufacturers. Capitol Hill Meeting Hon. Trade Minister in conversation with Congressman Jerry Weller Minister Fernandopulle met Representative Jerry Weller (Republican-Illinois), who is Co-Chair of the Sri Lanka Congressional Caucus of the 108th Congress and a ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee responsible for trade matters. HE discussed bilateral trade and economic matters such as the trade and economic policies of the new Government, Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) process and the Peace Process. Hon. Fernandopulle informed Representative Weller that the purpose of his visit as the Trade and Commerce Minister of the new Government was to establish contacts with the US Administration, Congress and the business community to take forward the trade agenda and work towards concluding a FTA with the US. The Minister further informed that his meetings with the USTR, Department of Commerce and the US-Sri Lanka Working Group have been very fruitful. He added that the TIFA process will continue to address bilateral trade and investment issues and to build confidence between the two countries towards the eventual conclusion of a Free Trade Agreement with the US. Responding to a question raised by Representative Weller, the Minister explained that the new Government has taken steps to recommence the peace negotiation, highlighting that the ceasefire between the Government and the LTTE is continuing to hold. The Minister invited Representative Weller to visit Sri Lanka on a Congressional delegation. Representative Weller explained that 2004 being the election year, it was difficult to organize such a Congressional delegation. However, he was optimistic about a Congressional delegation visiting Sri Lanka in early 2005. Representative Weller expressed his satisfaction at the assurance that the TIFA process will continue with a view to concluding a Free Trade Agreement between the two countries. Hon. Jeyaraj Fernandopulle at the briefing conducted by Mr. Fred Bergsten, Director and Mr. Dean A. DeRosa, a Visiting Fellow of the International Institute for Economics (IIE) Hon. Jeyaraj Fernandopulle attended a briefing conducted by Mr. Fred Bergsten, Director and Mr. Dean A. DeRosa, a Visiting Fellow of the International Institute for Economics (IIE) for a presentation of the findings of a study conducted by IIE entitled “The Prospects of a Free Trade Agreement Between Sri Lanka and the United States”. The first part of the study, which has been completed indicates that the proposed Sri Lanka - US FTA will have far reaching positive implications on Sri Lanka’s economy and predicts that the GDP of Sri Lanka will grow by 3 to 3.5% annually resulting from the FTA. Studies conducted by Washington based think-tanks such as the IIE are being used by US policy makers, business community and industrial organizations to make decisions on issues covered by such studies. The IIE is a private, non-profit, non-partisan research institution devoted to the study of international economic policy. While the Minister was in Washington D.C. Hon. Christina Rocca, Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs who testified before the US House of Representatives Committee on International Relations on “United States Interests and Foreign Policy Priorities in South Asia” affirmed that Sri Lanka has the potential to be a vibrant economy and the US “will revive talks on the proposed FTA”. She also mentioned that the Minister of Trade, Commerce & Consumer Affairs of Sri Lanka who was presently in Washington D.C. had clarified that the new Government would continue aspects of the economic relationship which made the Sri Lanka-US FTA possible. Hon. Rocca stated that the US was assured that “Sri Lanka wants to move forward to take its place in the global marketplace”. Minister Fernandopulle accompanied by a private sector delegation concluded his four-day visit successfully moving forward the Sri Lanka-US trade and investment agenda with the US government and private sector and reviving the talks on a proposed FTA with the US. Embassy of Sri Lanka Washington DC USA 23 June 2004
TIFA process to continue and next U.S. - SL Joint Council meeting scheduled for October 2004 Hon. Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, Minister of Trade, Commerce and Consumer Affairs meets United States Trade Representative Robert B. Zoellick Hon. Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, Minister of Trade, Commerce and Consumer Affairs met U.S. Trade Representative Robert B. Zoellick today at the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and had constructive and forward looking bilateral discussions on deepening and broadening bilateral trade and investment relations. Ambassador Zoellick congratulated the Minister on his appointment as Minister of Trade, Commerce & Consumer Affairs, and said that the US Administration is keen to learn about the economic policies of the new Government. Hon. Minister informed USTR that as Trade Minister of the new Government his visit to Washington was to establish contact with the US Administration and reaffirm the new Government’s commitment to economic reform and trade liberalization to uplift the rural economy and alleviate poverty. The Hon. Minister and Ambassador Zoellick agreed that the TIFA process should be continued to deepen and broaden economic ties between the two countries. In response to the request made by the Hon. Fernandopulle that the Fourth Meeting of the Joint Council under the TIFA be held towards the latter part of this year, the USTR agreed to hold the Fourth Meeting of the Joint Council in October 2004. The USTR also suggested that while the TIFA process should continue to deal with business and investment issues to build confidence between the two countries, Sri Lanka should also review the FTAs concluded by the US with its other trading partners to have an understanding of the extent of trade and investment liberalization envisaged in the US Free Trade Agreements. Hon. Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, Minister of Trade, Commerce and Consumer Affairs meets Hon. Alan Larson, Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business and Agricultural Affairs The Hon. Minister also informed that the new Government will enforce rigorously Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) legislation and will take action to sign the WTO Information Technology Agreement. Hon. Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, Minister of Trade, Commerce and Consumer Affairs meets Hon. Christina Rocca, Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs Hon. Minister also met Hon. Alan Larson, Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business and Agricultural Affairs, Hon. Christina Rocca, Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs and had discussions on the peace process, utilization of the Millennium Challenge Account funds by Sri Lanka as beneficiary for FY 2004, food aid programme implemented by the US Department of Agriculture and bilateral political and economic relations. He also met Representative Frank Pallone (Democrat-New Jersey), Co-Chair of the Sri Lanka Congressional Caucus. Hon. Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, Minister of Trade, Commerce and Consumer Affairs meets Representative Frank Pallone The Minister also addressed the US-Sri Lanka Working Group at the US Chamber of Commerce and presented the trade and economic policies of the new Government, the investment opportunities available in Sri Lanka for US investors and steps being taken by the government to restart the peace negotiations. The Hon. Minister highlighted the potential for bilateral trade to grow under a Sri Lanka-US FTA and thanked members of the US-Sri Lanka Working Group for supporting the proposed Sri Lanka-US FTA. Representatives of the major US companies who attended the meeting had an interaction with the Sri Lanka Business delegation that accompanied the Minister. Hon. Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, Minister of Trade, Commerce and Consumer Affairs addressed the U.S. - Sri Lanka Working Group at the US Chamber of Commerce The Sri Lanka business delegation comprised Chairman, Joint Apparel Association Forum, Managing Director, Mast Lanka/Brandix Apparel, Chairman, MAS Holdings Ltd., American Chamber of Commerce, Colombo, Director, Favourite Group, Chairman, Daya Group of Companies, CEO/Managing Director, Orit Apparels Lanka Pvt. Ltd. and Managing Director of Oryx Benoidar Ltd. The US Companies included PDI Program Development International, LLC, Caterpillar, Nathan Associates, American International Group Inc., Pillsbury Winthrop, LLP, The AES Corporation, Johnson & Johnson and Millennium Information Technologies. Minister Fernandopulle is scheduled to meet Tuesday with his Commerce counterpart at the US Department of Commerce, Co-Chair of Congressional Caucus Representative Jerry Weller (Republican-Illinois) who is also a ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee. Embassy of Sri Lanka Washington DC USA 21 June 2004

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