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* Sri Lanka PM's tour of Finland builds foundation to strengthen bilateral relationship
Wed, Oct 11, 2017, 11:30 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Oct 11, Helsinki: Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's tour of Finland has built a strong foundation towards the bridging of the friendship between the two countries in a new vista and led to develop economic cooperation between the two countries, Finland Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä said.

At a meeting held with the Sri Lankan Premier at his Ministry, the Finnish Minister said Finland is willing to provide knowledge and skills of their entrepreneurs to develop business in Sri Lanka. He added that Sri Lanka and Finland will sign and MOU on digitalization next month.

Minister of Lintilä hosted a dinner in honor of the visiting Sri Lankan delegation led by the Prime Minister Wickremesinghe yesterday.

Finland has agreed to promote economic relations with Sri Lanka and extend the technical know-how and technical expertise of Finnish enterprises for the development of Sri Lanka.

The Finnish government has agreed to grant aid and loans at lower interest rates for development programs in Sri Lanka. An agreement in this connection was signed yesterday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Helsinki. The agreement will be effective under the Finland Cooperative Fund.

The Prime Minister said re-connecting Finland and Sri Lanka the two sides had many discussions and agreed on several agreements which will strengthen and renew the old relationship. "All of this gives us the opportunity to build a strong economy," the Premier said.

During the visit, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe also met with the Finland's Speaker Maria Lohela. Ms. Lohela suggested setting up a bilateral exchange program strengthening the relationship between the Parliaments of Sri Lanka and Finland.

The Speaker said she is ready to give opportunities to study the Finland Parliamentary System and the Traditions, and that she is always willing to enrich herself with the methods and traditions of parliaments in other countries.


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