CPA Northern Province tour September 13:
Northern progress pleases delegates
A tour to the Northern Province was arranged by CPA Sri Lanka branch
under the directions of the Speaker, due to many requests from the
delegates to visit the Northern Province, said a CPA press release.
The release said: "Altogether 70 delegates from many countries,
including United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, Nigeria, Scotland,
Australia, South Africa, Uganda, Gayana, Swaziland, Maldives, Kenya,
Tanzania, Northern Ireland and Malaysia participated in this tour.
Several Speakers took part in the Northern Province tour. CPA Vice
President Minwa Johannes Mahliangu, CPA Secretary-General Dr. William
Shija and CPA Treasurer Marwick Khumalo also joined the tour.
The delegation arrived at the Palaly Airport in Jaffna and was warmly
welcomed by Douglas Devananda, Minister of Traditional Industries and
Small Enterprise Development, together with the Jaffna GA and the
Secretary to the Governor.
Presentations were made to the delegates by the Secretary to the
Governor regarding the development activities in the District of Jaffna
while they were enjoying breakfast at Tilko Hotel in Jaffna city.
The delegation visited Ariyalail Resettlement village at
Mahendrapuram and spoke to the residents. They had a look round the
Jaffna Public Library and a presentation was made regarding the
historical importance of Jaffna.
The Delegation enjoyed their lunch at the Army Headquarters in
Kilinochchi and were briefed about the resettlement work done in the
area.They visited the district General hospital in Kilinochchi. A
foreigner engaged in demining, explained his experiences and progress up
to date. They visited the newly constructed main electricity Grid
station in Ananthapuram, Kilinochchi and part of Mulliativu area.
Previous negative perceptions of the North were changed and the
delegates were highly impressed about the development work completed so
far and ongoing process of development activities with regard to roads,
buildings, etc. The elegates themselves shared their views very
positively at those places.
It had been a very successful tour according to the delegates.