President Mahinda Rajapakse attended the World Economic Forum held at the King Hussein convention centre last Friday (18) where several West Asian leaders and economists from Western Nations discussed a new approach to the development of the region`s economy on the theme Putting Diversity to Work.
They emphasised on a new approach to corporate culture in the region that could achieve common trade and economic development. President Rajapakse also met the King of Jordan Abdullah II and the Prime Minister of Pakistan Shukat Aziz.
When asked to comment about the talks with the Pakistan Premier, President Rajapaskse said the talks were very fruitful and the main theme of the talks was mutual trade and tourism development.
The President signed agreements with the Jordanian Monarch King Abdullah on trade, labour and cultural matters.
A strong team of Sri Lankan corporate leaders including Mrs. Sicille Kotelawala, W.K.H.Wegapitiya, Sanjeev Gardiner and Nawaz Rajabdeen were also present at the World Economic Forum and they met Jordanian business leaders and were to hold talks for direct investment in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lankan leaders talks with King Abdullah also focused on the Sri Lankan expatriate workers in Jordan now numbering about 60,000 and about investment and trade.