At discussions in Colombo between Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha and Ambassador Hartman on Monday 27 January 2020, the two sides agreed to work towards the early finalization of the MoU on Bilateral Consultations which will provide a mechanism for a structured dialogue on the bilateral partnership and will facilitate regular consultations.
While acknowledging the long-term Canadian development assistance as well as contribution towards national language programmes, demining and value chain related initiatives, Foreign Secretary Aryasinha emphasized the necessity to improve economic cooperation with Canada particularly with regard to trade and investment. Agriculture and vocational training and skills development were also identified as possible areas for further cooperation.
Accordingly, Canada and Sri Lanka have agreed to further intensify the bilateral partnership by building upon the ongoing cooperation as well as broadening the scope of engagement between the two countries.
Discussions also focused on reconciliation, the possible contribution of the multi-ethnic Sri Lankan expatriate community in Canada for developmental initiatives and initiatives relating to Foreign Relations Ministry’s economic diplomacy programme.