Japan to contribute more to Lankan economy
With the advent of durable peace in Sri Lanka, Japan looks forward to
the opportunity of making a more vigorous contribution to the countryís
economic development, Japanís Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry,
Toshihiro Nikai, said in Tokyo at a meeting with Minister of Export
Development and International Trade, Prof. G.L. Peiris.
Prof. Peiris briefed Minister Nikai about the substance of his
discussions with Japanese business leaders at a meeting of the Japan-Sri
Lanka Business Co-operation Committee at the Chamber of Commerce and
Industry in Tokyo.
Gampachiro Aihara of Mitsui and Co. Ltd. presided over the
proceedings in which leading Japanese companies including Itochu
Corporation, Kajima Corporation, Noritake Tableware Co., Toshiba
Corporation, Toyota Tsusho Corporation and Nippon Koei Co. Ltd.
The companies had intensive discussions with Minister Peiris and
Ambassador Jayantha Palipane on the practical modalities for extending
the scope of their business operations in the new environment.
Chairman of the Business Co-operation Committee, Daya Weththasinghe,
addressed the gathering. Officials of the Board of Investment and the
Export Development Board also participated.
Prof. Peiris discussed in detail with President of the Japan External
Trade Organization, Michitaka Nakatomi, the role which this body could
appropriately play in providing a range of services for Japanese
companies that wish to take advantage of current opportunities for
investment and trade in Sri Lanka.