|BRIEFING SESSION FOR PARTICIPANTS OF
18TH NEW GENERATION SEMINAR REPRESENTING 12 COUNTRIES IN
THE ASIA PACIFIC REGION AND THE UNITES STATES OF AMERICA
Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya briefed several
prominent opinion makers and young leaders of the Asia-Pacific
region including Sri Lanka and the United States participating
in the New Generation Seminar (NGS) organized by the East-West
Center, on current developments in Sri Lanka at the International
Institute for Education (IIE) on Saturday October 4, 2008.
The NGS provides participants with an opportunity
to strengthen their understanding of Asia Pacific-U.S. developments
and challenges, build a regional network and to become leaders
with a more international perspective. Participation in the Seminar
is through a competitive application and nomination process, and
selects some of the most promising young members of the respective
state legislatures as well as key officials of prominent media
establishments. Their rigorous program included overviews of the
regional economic and energy issues, analysis of globalization,
political systems in the regions and policies of the US presidential
candidates, among a myriad of issues.
Ambassador Wickramasuriya briefed participants
about the current situation in Sri Lanka, US-Sri Lanka bilateral
relations, US-Sri Lanka trade and investment relations, ongoing
political and economic developments in Sri Lanka, particularly
in the re-development of the Eastern Province and the numerous
investment opportunities available to foreign entrepreneurs, as
well as tourism prospects in Sri Lanka. Ambassador also added
that the Government of Sri Lanka was committed to find a political
solution to the conflict, and explained the Government’s
planned course of action in achieving the same.
The participants of the NGS represented Sri Lanka,
USA, Cambodia, China, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Philippines,
Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, while the Embassy of Sri Lanka
was represented by several diplomatic officers of the Mission.
Upon completion of the briefing, the participants were treated
to samples of some of the finest ‘Ceylon Tea’.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
08 October 2008