Sri Lanka and Norway will take effective steps to increase cooperation in several areas, including fisheries, information technology, energy, hydro and solar power and oil and gas exploration.
This was discussed during the bilateral discussions held between President Maithripala Sirisena and visiting Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg at the Presidential Secretariat today.
Ms Solberg expressed appreciation over the steps taken by the current government to strengthen democracy, reconciliation and development.
The President said that Sri Lanka would appreciate technical expertise from Norway to develop the fisheries industry in Sri Lanka as there are immense possibilities for growth in both sea fishing and inland fisheries. He said that Sri Lanka seeks foreign investments in export oriented industries such as garments, gem and jewellery, ceramic, plants, timber and medicine.
He said that Fisheries Minister Minister Mahinda Amaraweera will visit Norway next week to discuss ways and means of expanding cooperation in the fisheries sector.
Solberg said her Government will take steps to bring together potential Norwegian investors and Sri Lankan partners. She added that as Sri Lanka has now reached the status of a Middle-Income Country, the focus would be to assist development and increase cooperation in trade, industry and business.
The Norwegian Prime Minister praised the tourism industry in Sri Lanka and said that she had a most enjoyable holiday in the island during the last week. She added that there is immense scope for high growth in tourism sector. (Colombo Gazette)