Whenever Sri Lanka needed help, China was with us as a true friend, Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said (12) while participating at the opening of the China Sri Lanka Friendship Information Technology Centre in Boralugoda, Kosgama with the assistance of the Chinese Government.
Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said that the great power in the world – China – has supported to uplift the skills of the youth Seethawaka by providing IT centre in Boralugoda.
“The late Philip Gunawardena played a great role in laying the foundation of this long-term friendship between China and Sri Lanka. As a result, this computer lab is handed over to you today as a donation from the Chinese Government”, the Premier said. The Prime Minister recalled how China stood by Sri Lanka as true and trusted friend whenever the country is facing problems.
“I would like to express my gratitude to the Chinese Government for providing such a valuable resource to our youth community. The staff of the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka took the initiative to provide you with this valuable gift on the day of Philip Gunawardena’s 122nd Birth Anniversary.
“As of today, information technology knowledge has become the most important tool that determines the future. You will add a lot of value to your life prior to leaving after obtaining education from this institute. It adds great value to the area and the country,” the Premier said.
“It is my wish to see this centre move beyond a traditional computer centre and become a centre where knowledge is imparted to children throughout most of the day.
“MP Yadamini Gunawardena and former Minister Geethanjana Gunawardena also put in a lot of effort to provide this information technology centre to the youth of the area,” the PM said.
The Prime Minister added that the Seethawaka Heritage Foundation coordinated these activities. The Acting Ambassador mentioned that China is always with Sri Lanka as an eternal friend in this difficult moment that Sri Lanka is facing.
The Chinese Government has great respect for the massive social revolution that SWRD Bandaranaike and Philip Gunawardena brought about in this country in 1956. That is why the Chinese Government worked to establish diplomatic relations with the country since 1957,” he said
“Another important point that needs to be said with all this is that it is necessary for the future public representatives as well as the current members of parliament to understand the people’s expectations and work for the country. That is what the country expects from you at this moment. I would also like to make a request to carry that fact in our hearts at all times and devote ourselves to public service,” the Premier added.
A large number of local government representatives including MP Yadamini Gunawardena, former Minister Geethanjana Gunawardena, Advisor to the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka Chen Xiangyuan, Seethawaka Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman Jayantha Rohana were present.