The National Day of the state of Kuwait was celebrated recently at Hotel Hilton and Professor Tissa Vitarana, the Minister of Science & Technology represented the government of Sri Lanka.
Professor Vitarana expressed his gratitude to the government of Kuwait for extending invaluable support in various fields and especially for assisting Sri Lanka after the tsunami disaster with several hundred houses and goods.
He reminisced the mutually beneficial and fruitful bonds of friendship and cooperation between the two countries since the establishment of diplomatic relationships in 1971. `Sri Lanka was one of the first countries to reopen its embassy in Kuwait after the Gulf war.`
He pointed out that the visit by the Hon. Minister of Commerce and Industry of Kuwait with a delegation of 24 members to Sri Lanka in January 2007 further strengthened the bilateral relations between the two countries.
`Also there were many ministerial visits between the two countries in the recent past and a land mark in the bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and Kuwait was the visit of former Sri Lankan President Mrs. Kumaranatunga on the invitation of the Emir of the State of Kuwait.
The two countries have concluded several agreements including an air service and a trade agreement. Under the Kuwait Fund for Arabic Economic Development, loans for several projects in Sri Lanka have been granted.
Professor Vitarana stated that Sri Lanka has market friendly economic policies and promotes foreign investment to Sri Lanka by offering attractive and substantial incentives. `Sri Lanka is blessed with a variety of tourist attractions and there is a great potential to develop tourism from Kuwait to Sri Lanka. There are a lot of opportunities for expanding the two waay trade between the two countries as well,` he concluded.