Prime Minister has referred to in Helsinki the importance of safeguarding the...

Prime Minister has referred to in Helsinki the importance of safeguarding the identity of the country


During talks held between Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and Finland Defence Minister Usi Ninis, attention was drawn to the importance of safeguarding the identities of countries as partners of stability without being factions of struggles and crises.
Their discussions were held at the Defence Ministry in Helsinki. Views were exchange on the traditional policies of the defence forces of the two countries. As peaceful and independence navigation is important to Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean, Baltic Ocean Zonal peace is important to Finland. As such, discussions between them dealt at length on the stability of regional powers and the strategy of protecting the peaceful base. Since Sri Lanka and Finland are military wise independent countries, the discussions centred on strategies to protect from internal and external threats. Finland Ambassador for South Asia Ruli Suikannan, Special Defence Advisor Dr. Uha Martelis Advisor to the Defence Minister Col Petteri Yoko joined in this discussion.
Finland Speaker Maria Lohela has said that exchange programmes should be launched between Sri Lanka and Finland to strengthen Parliamentary ties. She made this reference during a discussion with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe.
The meeting between Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and Finland Speaker Maria Lohela was held at the Speaker’s discussion room located within the Finland Parliamentary complex. On arrival at the location, Premier Ranil Wickremasinghe was accorded a rousing welcome by the Finnish Speaker. Thereafter the Sri Lankan delegation undertook a brief tour of the Parliament. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe thereafter signed the special guest’s book placed in the Finnish Parliament. It was followed by discussions between the Sri Lankan Prime Minister and the Finnish Speaker.
The Speaker said Finland is eager to hold an open discussion on its Parliamentary affairs in future. Speaker Lohela commended steps taken by the good governance over the past two years to strengthen Parliament’s democracy.
Ranil Wickremasinghe elaborated at length on the initiatives adhered to by the Government in this respect. The Prime Minister referred to the Parliamentary experiences Sri Lanka possessed before gaining independence.
Representatives of the Finland Industrial Federation which is mooting key business enterprises in countries affiliated to Finland, announced that they are willing to be more involved in investment and business opportunities in Sri Lanka. Members of the Federation who are already involved in business activities in Sri Lanka said that an investment and business friendly environment was evolving within Sri Lanka. The discussion was held at the Finland Industrial Federation Headquarters in Helsinki.
Premier Wickremasinghe said that the era has dawned to change the economic concept in a manner that would suit new world economic trends. Since the regional market concept is outdated and the global market concept has come forward, Premier Wickremasinghe underscored the need to maintaining industries and businesses based on this concept.
Deputy Executive Chairman of the Deru Warsila Company Karry Hiyatanen said that Sri Lanka’s target to develop as an economic hub in the Indian Ocean is important. He further said that a common foundation has surfaced for the strengthening of economic and social ties between Sri Lanka and Finland.
Expressing his views Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe pointed out that a conducive and strong environment has surfaced for businesses. The Minister mentioned that political stability has been consolidated by the consensual government based on democracy, human rights and good governance.
In the meantime, a banquet was held in honour of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and his entourage at the State Guests Palace in Helsinki. Finnish Economic Affairs Minister Mika Lintila said that a Memorandum of Understanding on Digitalization is due to be signed between the two countries next month. Mr. Lintila further said that the visit of the Sri Lankan Prime Minister would lead to acquiring technical knowhow of Finnish entrepreneurs as well as growth in economic ties between the two countries.
The Sri Lankan delegation including Prof. Maithri Wickremasinghe and Ministers Mahinda Samarasinghe and Akila Viraj Kariyawasam s well as high officials of the Finnish Economic Affairs Ministry and entrepreneurs were present on the occasion.