IRS |Institute of Regional Studies


Contemporary Regional Developments in Siri Lanka

27th April - 04th May
  • Violence and dengue cuts 2018 tourist arrivals target in Sri Lanka. Anti-Muslim violence and an outbreak of dengue fever in Sri Lanka have led the government to slash its target for tourist arrivals this year after a record 2017. Tourism Promotion Minister John Amaratunga said that 2.5 million arrivals were expected, down from an earlier estimate of 3 million, generating revenue of US$4 billion. (News Asia, May 01, 2018)
  • Colombo is the third most popular non-European destinations for Brits followed by New York and Orlando respectively, the UK’s Daily Mail reported quoting an analysis conducted by the search site (Daily Mirror, may 02, 2018)
  • National Freedom Front (NFF) Leader and MP Wimal Weerawansa believes that the recently signed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Singapore was done in an illegal manner and that it would adversely affect Sri Lankan professionals.(Daily Mirror, may 02, 2018)
20th April - 26th April
  • Service members of the US and partner nations participating in Pacific Partnership 2018 arrived in Trincomalee aboard the US Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19). The mission in Trincomalee will continue through May 8 and will feature Pacific Partnership doctors and medical personnel working side-by-side with Sri Lankan medical professionals to exchange best practices. (Daily Mirror, April 25, 2018)
  • President Maithripala Sirisena reportedly promised to introduce political reforms to Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) with a change of some office bearers between May 8 and 15.(Daily Mirror, April 26, 2018)
14th April - 19th April
  • Asia-Pacific's largest humanitarian assistance and disaster-relief preparedness mission is arriving in Sri Lanka for the second time for Pacific Partnership, according to the US Embassy. It said the mission would collaborate and enhance disaster response capabilities of US and Sri Lankan Navies and foster new friendships (Daily Mirror, April 17, 2018)
  • Iran approves extradition treaty with Sri Lanka. Iranian lawmakers in Tehran on April 15 had ratified a bill on the extradition treaty between the governments of Islamic Republic of Iran and Sri Lanka, the Islamic Republic News Agency reported. (Daily Mirror, April 15, 2018)
  • President Maithripala Sirisena participating in a Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London. The President is expected to meet British Prime Minister Theresa May and Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland and have bilateral talks. (Daily Mirror, April 15, 2018)
  • Speaker of the Iran Parliament Ali Larijani and a delegation of 36 Iranian diplomats arrived in Sri Lanka this evening on a three-day official visit. The delegation also visited Vietnam to discuss about the Syrian situation among other bilateral and international issues. “One of the key issues to be discussed with Vietnamese and Sri Lankan officials is the Syrian situation because, to our utter surprise, international mechanisms were all ignored in the attack, which can cause adverse consequences for future conflicts. Therefore, it is needed to talk with officials of Vietnam and Sri Lanka on this issue and hope that the talks would be helpful for establishing peace in the international scene,” Larijani said. (Daily Mirror, April 15,18, 2018)
6th April - 12th April
  • Chinese firm to invest $800 million on Sri Lanka Port City underground road. The plan, for which an agreement has already been signed, is expected to reduce traffic congestion on the existing route once the Port City - part of Beijing’s ambitious plan to create a modern-day “Silk Road” across Asia - starts operating.
    (Reuters, April 12, 2018)
  • Sri Lanka's president suspended parliament until May 8, according to his secretary, in a surprise move days after fractures appeared in the island nation's ruling coalition government.
    (Aljazeera News, April 13, 2018)
  • Sri Lanka and Vietnam reaffirmed the commitment to further consolidate and advance bilateral political and economic cooperation during the third meeting of Sri Lanka -Vietnam Political Consultations, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said.
    (Daily Mirror, April 12, 2018)
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