A U.S. CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION VISITS SRI
A Congressional Delegation led by Congressman Jerry Weller (Republican-
Illinois), and comprising Congressman Scott Garrett (Republican-New
Jersey) and Mr. Allan Tenille, Legislative Director to Congressman
Weller visited Sri Lanka from June 29th to July 3rd 2003.
Congressman Jerry Weller who serves on the House of Ways and
Means Committee is the Co-chairperson of Sri Lanka Congressional
Caucus. Congressman Scott Garret serves on the House Financial
and Budget Committees and is a member of the Sri Lankan Caucus.
The purpose of the Congressional Delegation was to provide visiting
Congressman with an opportunity to witness first hand the efforts
of Sri Lanka Government peacefully resolve the ethnic conflict,
economic reform programme undertaken by the government and the
possibilities of expanded trade and investment with Sri Lanka.
Prior to the departure of Congressional Delegation to Sri Lanka
Hon. Milinda Moragoda, Minister of Economic Reform Science &
Technology briefed members of the delegationand Congressional
Caucus on the ongoing peace process and economic reform program
undertaken by Sri Lanka at the Inaugural Meeting of Sri Lanka
Caucus of 108th Congress held on June 26th 2003 at the Capitol
The delegation called on H.E. the President Chandrika Kumaranatunga
Bandaranaike, and had meetings with Hon. Prime Minister Ranil
Wickramasinghe, Hon. Professor G.L. Peiris, (Minister of Enterprise
Development, Industrial Policy & Investment & Constitutional
Affairs), Hon. Ravi Karunanayake (Minister of Commerce & Consumer
Affairs), Hon Joseph Michael Perera (Speaker), Hon. Mahinda Rajapakse
(Leader of the Opposition) during their stay in Colombo. Congressional
delegation also had meetings with a wide cross section of the
business community in Sri Lanka including; members of Sri Lanka
Apparel Exporters Association, American Chamber of Commerce, Ceylon
Chamber of Commerce and Federation of Chambers of Commerce and
Industry of Sri Lanka. The visiting Congressman also met Sir Arthur
C. Clerk at the Arthur C Clerk at the Arther C Clerk Center in
Colombo. The Delegation visited a state of art apparel manufacturing
factory establish in Sri Lanka by the Mast Industries. The Congressional
Delegation had the opportunity to have a glimpse of Sri Lankan
cultural heritage during their visit to Sigiriya, and Kandy.
US Embassy in Colombo organized a press briefing presided by
the Congressman and Representatives from the US Embassy (please
see - Statement
by Congressman Jerry Weller and Congressman Scott Garrett
and their bios - Congressman
Jerry Weller and Congressman
Scott Garrett) The Charge d'' Affairs of the US Embassy in
Colombo hosted them for a reception.
The visit of the Congressional delegation to Sri Lanka was sponsored
by the Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
03 July 2003