The Governments of Japan and Sri Lanka have decided to deepen cooperation under a ‘Comprehensive Partnership’ in several multifaceted fields considering the importance of economic growth and development in Sri Lanka. The announcement came in the joint declaration issued by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe at the conclusion of Prime Minister Wickremesinghe’s official visit to Japan.
Accordingly, the two leaders decided to put particular emphasis on taking initiatives in (I) Promotion of Investment and Trade, (II) Cooperation on the National Development Plan in Sri Lanka, and (III) National Reconciliation and Peace-building.
As part initiatives aimed at promoting investment and trade, the two leaders agreed to hold an Economic Policy Dialogue at the Senior Officials’ level in the first half of 2016, as a framework to consider concrete measures for future enhancement of economic cooperation.
Prime Minister Abe expressed that Japan will continue to provide cooperation in the field of disaster risk reduction including conducting a survey, with a view to providing a meteorological radar system.
He also welcomed the efforts of the new National Government of Sri Lanka to address, urgently, the social economic issues of conflict affected communities, especially in the Northern and Eastern Provinces.
Both leaders shared the view on the need to work together with the international community to initiate a process to support the Government of Sri Lanka in its efforts for rehabilitation and improvement of social and economic conditions of the conflict affected communities.
Furthermore, Prime Minister Abe stated that Japan will provide training to approximately 1,800 Sri Lankan local public officials by 2016 under the “Project for Training of Frontline Officers in Community Development in Conflict-Affected Areas.”
Both leaders confirmed that they will promote cooperation towards an early reform of the UN Security Council through positive engagement in the intergovernmental negotiations in New York. Prime Minister Abe expressed his gratitude for Sri Lanka’s continued support for Japan’s bid for a permanent seat in the Security Council.
The Full Text of the Joint Declaration on the Comprehensive Partnership between Japan and Sri Lanka is given below: