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German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes President Maithripala Sirisena | (Pics by Sudath Silva )

Germany’s Minister of Economic Affairs Gerd Müller, who  assures his government’s support when he met Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena in Berlin last week, has agreed to provide a donation of 18 million Euros to Sri Lanka.

Under this grant, 6 million Euros will be provided for the support of National Park and Buffer Zone Management of Wilpattu while 4 million Euros will be provided for the vocational training in Northern Sri Lanka.

Funds will also be granted for the Small and Medium Enterprises Sector Development and for the facilitation for initiatives for Social Cohesion and Transformation in Sri Lanka, the President’s Media Unit said.

A MoU with the German Association for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (BVMV) on Small and Medium Enterprise Sector Development was also signed.

The MoU covers the area of technical capacity development in the apparel sector in specific areas such as: management techniques, fashion changes, capacity consuming etc. involves technical skill development, technology transfer, using IT platforms, market research, multidisciplinary studies in the apparel sector. It aims at improving Export opportunities for Small and Medium Industries Products, Fish, Ayurveda, Herbal, Electronics, Floriculture products, ICT, leather, seafood, beverage, etc.

The Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrema signed the agreement on behalf of Sri Lanka.

During President Sirisena’s visit to Germany, the two countries signed agreements on a wide range of cooperation that covers Education, Language, Museaology, heritage and Art conservation, Higher Education, Sports, Improving access to information on the higher education systems in both countries, encouraging academic exchange in both directions, increasing the mobility of joint project partnerships between universities during the President’s visit of Germany.

On behalf of Sri Lanka, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in Germany, Karunathilaka Amunugama signed the agreements.

Meanwhile, German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel assured to send a high level business delegation, including the Economic Affairs Minister of Germany with a view to seek investment opportunities in Sri Lanka.

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Dr. Steinmeier with Minister Mangala Samaraweera
Dr. Steinmeier with Minister Mangala Samaraweera

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Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier and the Sri Lankan delegation
Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier and the Sri Lankan delegation