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    Chonging megapolis mayor says will encourage entrepreneurs to invest in SL

    z_p01-chongMayor of the Chong Jin Megapolis in North Eastern China, Huang Jifan promised maximum support towards Sri Lanka’s exercise to transform the country into the economic centre in South Aisa and said he will encourage entrepreneurs connected to his megapolis to make investments in Sri Lanka too.

    He made this assurance when he met Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his delegation at the Woodo Hotel Complex on August 13 and held discussions.

    Mayor Huang Jifan said Asia would be the only region which could overcome the influence of the impending world economic crisis.

    Both the Prime Minister and the Mayor expressed the hope that countries in the Bay of Bengal including India and Eastern Asian countries led by China, Japan and Singapore would become the main engine directing the world economy during that period.

    During the discussions, Mayor Huang Jifan gave a detailed account of the rapid progress the Chong Jin Megapolis achieved in the production industry field and the factors and plans which helped to achieve that progress.

    Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said Sri Lanka’s consensus government led by President Maithripala Sirisena was leading the country along a new path through the implementation of a sustainable economic policy by identifying the new socio- economic tendencies and crises in the world.

    The Prime Minister who explained Sri Lanka’s new economic policies and plans in greater detail, also explained that the country was following a programme to regain its reputation as a centre of the ancient silk route.

    Mayor Huang Jifan said the decision taken by the Sri Lanka government to develop the Colombo Port City as a financial city instead of a house property zone as earlier planned, was highly praiseworthy.

    The Mayor who added that there was an opportunity to develop a financial city in between Singapore and Dubai, said many examples could be obtained from both Dubai and Singapore in setting up such a city.

    He said apart from the Chong Jin Megapolis, the Chinese central government too was maintaining close economic and financial links with Singapore and explained some of the benefits that had accrued through such links. At the conclusion of bilateral talks, Mayor Huang Jifan hosted a banquet in honour of the visiting Sri Lankan delegation.

    Ministers Anura Priyadarshana Yapa and Patali Champika Ranawaka, Prime Minister’s Secretary Saman Ekanayake, Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister Charitha Ratwatte, Additional Secretary Saman Athaudahetty, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in China, Dr. Karunasena Kodituwakku, Ajitha de Costa, Mangala Yapa and Ryan Rockwood were also present at the talks.

    Chinese Ambassador in Sri Lanka Yi Shiang Liang and Chinese officials were associated at the talks.

    Courtesy – Daily News

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