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Sri Lanka and South Africa Sign a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Field of Science and Technology


A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cooperation in the Field of Science and Technology between Sri Lanka and South Africa was signed on 31st January 2018, in Pretoria at the Department of Science and Technology (DST), further strengthening the existing excellent relations between the two countries. On behalf of Sri Lanka, the MoU was signed by Mr. Udaya Senevirathne, Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology and Research, and Hon. Naledi Pandor, Minister in charge of the subject, Science and Technology, signed on behalf of South Africa. The two countries are expected to setup a Joint Working Group to identify and implement future Programs in the relevant fields. By signing the Document, the two countries agree to promote and encourage scientific research and technological progress in sectors of mutual benefit. The areas of cooperation covered by the MoU include biotechnology, nanotechnology, traditional and herbal medicine, space technology and manufacturing.

The High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in South Africa H.E. Mr. Sunil De Silva and Mr. Mr Daan du Toit, Deputy Director-General, International Cooperation and Resources of DST were also present at the signing ceremony.

The delegation of Sri Lanka that visited South Africa also included Dr. G.A.S. Premakumara, Director General, Industrial Technology Institute (ITI) and Ms. Himali Athaudage, Director, Ministry of Science and Technology and Research.


High Commission of Sri Lanka
06 February 2018

Sri Lanka High Commission in Singapore celebrates 70 years of Sri Lanka's Independence


Sri Lanka High Commission in Singapore celebrated the 70th anniversary of Sri Lanka’s Independence at the High Commissioner’s Official Residence on 4th February 2018, with a large gathering of the Sri Lankan community in Singapore. The event commenced with the hoisting of the National Flag and the singing of the National Anthem in both Sinhala and Tamil, followed by two minutes silence in remembrance of all who sacrificed their lives for the country and the victims of conflicts. The traditional Oil Lamp was lit by H. E. the High Commissioner, representatives from various Sri Lankan organizations/associations based in Singapore, and the Sri Lankan migrant workers. Multi-faith religious observances were also conducted invoking blessings on the country and the people of Sri Lanka.

Addressing the gathering, High Commissioner Nimal Weeraratne remarked that the steadfast efforts of the Government have fostered an atmosphere for all Sri Lankans to celebrate this milestone occasion as one Nation, while also fondly remembering the country’s forefathers for their sacrifices to achieve independence as a united force rising above ethnic differences. The High Commissioner also urged the Sri Lankans of all ethnicities for their resolve to build linkages with Singapore friends to bring home the best this wonderful host Nation has to offer to the benefit of the motherland. The National Day Messages of H.E. the President, Hon. Prime Minister and Hon. Foreign Minister were also read out to the gathering.

The High Commission also hosted a reception on 6th February 2018 to mark Sri Lanka’s 70th Anniversary of Independence in Singapore with the participation of a large number of invitees, including representatives and officials from the Government of Singapore, members of diplomatic corps, business community, academia, and friends of Sri Lanka in Singapore. The event was graced by Hon. Koh Poh Koon, Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry & National Development as the Chief Guest, and several Members of Parliament representing the Government of Singapore.

Delivering the welcome address, High Commissioner Nimal Weeraratne noted that the people of Sri Lanka celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Independence with a sense of confidence, pride and renewed hope for the betterment of their future, in an environment where many socio-economic reforms are being introduced and development activities are carried out by the Government. He also emphasised that relations between the two countries have seen unprecedented momentum in the recent years, with reinvigorated efforts of the two sides giving it a more diverse and strategic character and forging a new chapter in Sri Lanka-Singapore relations.

Speaking at the occasion, Minister Koh Poh Koon highlighted that under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sri Lanka has proactively engaged with the world, and stepped up reforms that promote foreign investments and national reconciliation. He also stated that with these encouraging developments, many countries would be confident of Sri Lanka’s future, and that the recently signed Singapore-Sri Lanka FTA would serve as a catalyst for increased investments and business opportunities.

A photo exhibition depicting the significance of Sri Lanka’s 70th Anniversary of Independence was on display, in parallel to the reception. A Sri Lankan dance troupe that staged a variety of performances showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the country enthralled the audience. Delicious Sri Lankan dishes were served at the reception, adding “spice” to the event.


Sri Lanka High Commission
07 February 2018 





68th Sri Lanka Independence Day celebrations at the Sri Lanka Embassy in Rome


The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Rome celebrated the 68th Anniversary of Sri Lanka National Day on 04th February 2016 with the  Sri Lankan community in Italy present at the Embassy premises.

The event commenced with the hoisting of the National Flag by H.E. Daya Pelpola, the Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Italy.  The National Anthem was sang in Sinhala and Tamil with the participation of children from the Sri Lankan community.  Two minutes silence was observed as a mark of respect for fallen heroes. Religious ceremony followed conducted by the religious dignitaries of the respective faiths.  


The messages of H.E. the President, Hon. Prime Minister and Hon. Foreign Minister were read-out in three languages.  Thereafter, Ambassador Pelpola addressed the gathering.

The Ambassador acknowledged the steps taken by past leaders to obtain social, political and economical freedom for the nation. Referring to the Government's aim to uplift the economic, social well-being and bring about new political culture of good governance where in all citizens will be given an equal opportunity, as for the Sri Lankan community in Italy, the Ambassador stated in furtherance of Government's aim he has initiated the setting up of a new telephone system and has taking steps to shift the Embassy to a more suitable premises which will provide better facilities to the general public.  He pointed out that the Sri Lanka Consulate General has been opened in Milan.  


Following the official function Dana was offered to the Maha Sanga by the officers of the Mission.  The Sri Lankan community present at the Independence Day celebrations were treated with traditional Sri Lankan sweetmeats and refreshments by the staff of the Embassy. 


The Embassy of Sri Lanka


09 February 2016



Embassy of Sri Lanka in Tokyo celebrates 68th Anniversary of Independence Day


The 68th Independence Day of Sri Lanka was held on Thursday, 4th February 2016 at the Reiyukai Hall in Tokyo organized by the Embassy of Sri Lanka.

The Independence Day Ceremony was celebrated in the presence of Ambassador Yasushi Akashi, Representative of the Government of Japan on Peace-Building, Rehabilitation, and Reconstruction in Sri Lanka, former Ambassadors to Sri Lanka and senior officials representing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan as well as a large gathering of Japanese nationals and Sri Lankan expatriates in Japan.


The official ceremony of the Independence Day Celebrations was commenced with the hoisting of  National Flag followed by the National Anthem in Sinhala and Tamil. Two minutes silence was observed to commemorate the national heroes who have sacrificed their lives on behalf of the country. The religious observances on this occasion were conducted by the representatives of Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and Christian Clergy with the blessings for the peace and prosperity of the country.  As customary, the National Day Messages of H.E. the President, Hon. Prime Minister and the Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs were read out in all three languages. In addressing the gathering Ambassador Professor Dammika Ganganath Disanayake emphasized that the Government of Sri Lanka is committed to move forward to be a progressive and democratic nation to embark the political, economic and social freedom of the country.

The Emeritus Professor Sunil Ariyaratne also delivered the Memorial Speech illuminating the gathering on “Nidahas Aragalaye Mahajana Bhoomikawa” depicting the efforts of the people of Sri Lanka at the National Independence Movement of the country. Mr. Saman Athaudahetti, Additional Secretary/Media to Honorable Prime Minister also attended the celebrations. 


On this day, a musical concert had been organized by the Mission to coincide with the official celebrations. The Veteran Sri Lankan Musicians and Singers Amarasiri Peiris and Nawaratne Gamage participated at the Musical concert with the rendition of patriotic songs thus entertaining the audience.  

A large number of Japanese nationals and members of the Sri Lankan community in Japan were gathered at the occasion and enjoyed traditional Sri Lankan cuisine. 







Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai (India) celebrates the 68th Anniversary of the Independence Day


The ceremony to mark the 68th Anniversary of the Independence of Sri Lanka was commenced in the early morning at the premises of the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai with the offering of “Heel Danaya” for the monks of the Mahabodhi centre in Chennai and other monks who are in Chennai on pilgrimage.  The official flag hosting ceremony was later commenced amidst a large gathering of Sri Lankan and Indian well-wishers.


The Deputy High Commissioner of Sri Lanka for Southern India, Mr. Vadivel Krishnamoorthy, ceremonially hoisted the National Flag amidst the beating of traditional drums of Magul Bera followed by the singing of the National Anthem of Sri Lanka. Following the lighting of the traditional oil lamp, two minutes of silence was also observed to honour and respect the members of the security forces and others who sacrificed their lives for the motherland.



Opening the multi- faith religious observances, Monk in-charge of Mahabodhi Centre in Chennai Ven. Kalavane Mahanama Thero conducted the Buddhist religious observances and imparted blessings. Dr. T.S. Shanmugam Sivachariar Swamigal, Chief Priest & Administrator of Sri Kaligambal Kamateswarar Devasthanam in Chennai conducted the Hindu observances. Imam Dr. Salahuddin Mohammed Ayub, Chief Quazi, Royapettah Mosque, Chennai  led the Islamic religious observances  followed by Christian prayers by Rev. Fr. Edward Selvaraj, Parish Priest, Fathima Church, Chennai .


The tri-lingual National Day Message of His Excellency the President of Sri Lanka was read by members of the Staff. The Deputy High Commissioner addressed the gathering wherein he underscored that Sri Lanka is a multi-ethnic and multi-religious country where people have lived peacefully for thousands of years. He expressed his gratitude to Sri Lankan establishments and expatriate community in Southern India for their exemplary services that have continued to contribute towards the economic and social development of the country strengthening the bilateral relations between the two countries.


The official segment of the event was concluded with the guests enjoying a wide variety of traditional Sri Lankan refreshments.




Deputy High Commission of Sri Lanka
04 February 2016

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