Comprehensive measures taken by the Ministry of Foreign Relations, in close coordination with the key Government Economic Agencies and the private sector to address and mitigate the impact of COVID 19 particularly on Sri Lankan exports, has helped in sustaining and regaining lost markets for traditional Sri Lankan exports, while enabling new opportunities. Exports which accounted for US $ 277 Million in April 2020, had increased to US $606 Million in May, and is expected to grow in the coming months, in line with the revised projections.
Following the revised instructions issued on 4 June 2020 by the Presidential Secretariat on the PCR testing and quarantine procedures for the members of the Diplomatic corps based/attached in Colombo when they enter/re-enter Sri Lanka in order to prevent and minimize the risk of the spread of the Coronavirus, the Ministry of Foreign Relations, took immediate action to convey the same to all Diplomatic Missions, the Representation Offices of the United Nations and its Specialized Agencies, International Organizations, Honorary Consulates resident in Colombo through diplomatic channels.
Actg. Director General of Economic Affairs and Overseas Sri Lankans Division Anzul Jhan, discusses the work of the Contact Sri Lanka web portal and the issues pertaining to Overseas Sri Lankans that arise amidst the repatriation process of the Government, at a special interview on Ada Derana First at 9.00 pm, on 4 June 2020.
Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4LnqdgZJs4
Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha in an interview with the Ceylon Today newspaper, published on 31 May 2020 has discussed the many challenges faced by the Foreign Relations Ministry in dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic both within and outside of Sri Lanka.
Full interview is at : https://ceylontoday.lk/news-more/14980
The Minister of Foreign Relations Dinesh Gunawardena conveyed his deep appreciation to the Cuban Government for the support extended through the dispatch of a Cuban medical team to the Republic of Haiti to attend to the medical needs of Sri Lankans employed in Haiti. The Foreign Minister co
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