A Webinar on Sri Lanka: Business Opportunities in IT and Outsourcinginitiated by the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Germany was organised by the Chamber of Commerce (IHK) Frankfurt am Main and the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Frankfurt am Main in cooperation with the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Sri Lanka (AHK Sri Lanka) and the OAV - German Asia Pacific Business Association on the 28th of October, 2020. The audience comprise of Sri Lankan and German companies.Since many years, Sri Lanka has established itself as a hub for the international IT and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) sector. Trailing the textile and tourism industry, the IT/BPO sector accounts for 13.2% of service exports. Sales have passed the 1 billion US$ threshold. Local start-ups as well as global IT firms are working in Sri Lanka to provide digital solutions for the global market.
Admiral Prof. Jayanath Colombage (PhD) assumed duties as the Secretary to the Foreign Ministry today (14 August) following the appointment to the position by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
The new Foreign Secretary Admiral Colombage was warmly received by the senior officials of the Foreign Ministry this morning, upon arrival at the Ministry.
Admiral Colombage was previously Additional Secretary to H.E the President for Foreign Relations since December 2019. In addition, he is presently serving as the Director General of the Institute of National Security Studies Sri Lanka.
Admiral Colombage has served the Sri Lanka Navy for a period of 36 years and retired as the Commander of the Navy on 01 July 2014. He is the 18th
Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy and was decorated for gallantry and commended for exceptional service to the Navy.
Upon retirement from the Navy, Admiral Colombage served as the Director for Indo-Sri Lanka Initiatives and Law of the Sea Centers at the Pathfinder Foundation, which is a premier think-tank and research centre, based in Colombo. He has represented the Pathfinder Foundation and Sri Lanka in many bi-lateral, regional and international fora, presenting papers, participating in panel discussions and chairing sessions on international politics, strategic and maritime security related fields.
Admiral Colombage has been a guest lecturer in universities and training institutes in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, China, India, Japan and Pakistan. He has also been an editor and reviewer of a number of internationally renowned academic journals.
Foreign Secretary Admiral Colombage holds a PhD from General Sir John Kotalawela University, Master of Science in Defence and Strategic Studies from Madras University and Master of Arts in International Studies from Kings College, London. His PhD thesis “Asymmetric Warfare at Sea; the case of Sri Lanka” has been published by Lambert Academic Publishing in Germany. He is also a fellow of Nautical Institute of London.
14 August 2020
It has been the practice of the Buddhist in our country since ancient times to remember, with utmost devotion the arrival of Arahat Mahinda Thero in the Island carrying the message of the Buddha, by observance of religious rituals. Such devoted remembrance is due to the fact that the arrival of Arahat Mahinda resulted in a significant transformation of religious, cultural, social and political civilization of Sri Lanka.
The first meeting between the Arahat and King Devanampiyatissa, that took place over two thousand years ago, is the most significant encounter in Sri Lankan history. With the advent of Arahat Mahinda, our social values, economy, literature and arts and crafts took a new turn. Henceforth, the Buddhists of Sri Lanka were inspired to build sky-scraping stupas, ocean like gigantic lakes, an agrarian culture that secured the granary of the nation and produce incredible artistic creations that amazed the world. Even more importantly, this socio-religious revolution gave birth to a society that accepts gain and loss, fame and defame, praise and blame, and happiness and pain with equanimity; treats all living beings from plants to creatures big and small with utmost fairness; living a life of purity sans lust or unwarranted attachments and live in accordance with the eight-fold noble path.
The Dhamma and the knowledge base passed on by Arahat Mahinda Thera guided us to rise as a proud and dignified nation. The teachings of the Gauthama Buddha trained us to be mindful of this world and the afterworld and thus be virtuous and civilized. The Poson Poya is etched in our hearts as the most significant day because that was the day we received the Buddha Dhamma, the greatest ever gift we got as a nation.
Strengthened by our past experiences and inspired by Dhamma, we strive for prosperity. It is my belief that justice for all prevails in a spiritually virtuous, disciplined and prosperous society. I must mention here that my Government plans for not only the present, but also for the future based on that solid foundation. Even whilst facing the prevailing pandemic, we did not deviate from our vision that is built on that civilized culture we inherited. A journey without this reality is not possible for us as Sri Lankans.
The greatest tribute we can pay to Arahat Mahinda would be to celebrate this season of Poson by viewing the life in a pragmatic manner in accordance with the Dhamma and depicting to the world the pristine glory of the teachings of the Buddha, based on compassion and nonviolence.
I wish you all a meritorious Poson!
I am pleased to pen this message of greetings on the occasion of the World Environment Day, marked on June 5 every year, which aims at enhancing the awareness among the people on the importance of protecting the environment and drawing attention of the policymakers to environmental issues.
All creatures including the human have an unbreakable bond with the environment. The longstanding deep relationship nurtured by the Sri Lankan community since ancient times with the environment paved the way to enrich our daily life. The necessity to pass on, our age old knowledge of all aspects of the nature to our future generations, as well as to enhance their knowledge regarding the present environmental issues, is felt much more strongly at present than any other time in the history.
The various environmental issues such as floods, landslides, melting of glaciers, air pollution, global warming and climate change that have become formidable threats to the humans are direct results of our own haphazard activities. Destructions caused to the nature will inevitably affect the survival of the humankind. I see the global crisis erupted due to COVID – 19 pandemic as an occasion which undeniably teaches the humans of the importance of environmental conservation.
The necessity of a sustainable environmental strategy has been identified in “Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour”, the policy statement. Measures will be taken in the future to make environmental protection initiatives mentioned therein such as land management, preserving of biodiversity, increase national forest cover, scientific waste management and eco-friendly human settlements and cities into reality.
I wish the World Environment Day celebrations in Sri Lanka held under the theme ‘Biodiversity - Spaces for Nature’ every success.