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* Sri Lanka Army's fourth annual defense seminar to focus on challenges to the country
Fri, Aug 15, 2014, 10:35 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army's annual Defence Seminar this year will focus on the post-war challenges of the country and the country's onward march to be the Wonder of Asia, the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake announced at a press briefing Wednesday.

The fourth Annual Defence Seminar - 2014 is scheduled to be held August 18 - 20, 2014 at the Galadari Hotel in Colombo under the topic 'Sri Lanka: Challenges to a Rising Nation'.

A total of 20 guest speakers, including 10 foreign scholars are scheduled to share their views related to the topic.

Increasing number of participants to the annual seminar has been observed every year since its inception in 2011 and this year 197 foreign participants, 35 Defence Attachés and more than 40 diplomats representing 66 countries are expected to attend this year's sessions.

In view of the importance of learning more about the country's forward march in the context of its economic stability and social stability, this year's seminar will accommodate several speakers from the civil sector.

Secretary to Treasury and Ministry of Finance Dr. P.B. Jayasundara will deliver the keynote address at the inaugural session. Minister of External Affairs, Prof. G.L Peiris will be the Chief Guest.

Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga, Deputy Minister of Finance Dr. Sarath Amunugama and several other state officials will address the seminar, Lieutenant General Ratnayake said.

A mini exhibition of military hardware and accessories will be on display on the sidelines of the main sessions, the Army Commander said.

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