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MP Uddika Premarathne visits Japan

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Member of Parliament from the Anuradhapura District Uddika Premarathne visits Japan from July 31 to August 11. During his stay in Japan, Parliamentarian Premarathne will meet several key dignitaries of the Government of Japan to strengthen bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and Japan and to promote investment opportunities, collaborative projects in agriculture, foreign employment and primary education.

On August 1, MP Premaratne called on Minister of Environment of Japan, Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi, and appreciated Japan’s development assistance to Sri Lanka. Under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), MP Premarathne invited Japan to consider establishing industrial plants in waste recycling and introduce transfer of various technologies that convert non-recyclable waste into renewable energy.

Explaining the potential in export oriented production of fertilizer in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka, he welcomed Japan to consider investments in this sector.

During his stay in Tokyo, Parliamentarian Premarathne met Member of House of Representatives from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Satoshi Fujimaru, who is the Acting Director, Foreign Affairs Division of the LDP and former Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defence. MP Premarathna sought Japan’s assistance in improving the standard of pre-school education, teaching methods and facilities in the Anuradhapura District to reach a level similar to Japan’s pre-school education system. Former Minister of State for Regional Revitalization, Regulatory Reform Kozo Yamamoto, who coordinated the high-level meetings, was also present. Chargé d’Affaires of the Sri Lanka Embassy in Japan Sesath Thambugala accompanied Parliamentarian Premarathne in his meetings.

The visiting Parliamentarian also attended an event organised for him by the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Tokyo to interact with representatives of six Sri Lanka-Japan Associations at the Embassy on August 1.

Parliamentarian Premaratne is expected to call on Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan on August 10. During his visit to Kita-kyushu City in Fukuoka Prefecture in Japan, MP Premarathne will meet several regional Mayors and government officials and also visit Hiroshima.

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