The Sixth Silk Road Forum for International Cooperation - Ambassador Dr. Palitha Kohona Urges Greater Market Access to Consolidate the Gains of the BRI2022-08-16
Addressing the Sixth Silk Road Forum for International Cooperation held in Xian, Ambassador Dr. Palitha Kohona, while acknowledging the vast gains made under President Xi Jinping's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), urged greater market access to products from the BRI region to consolidate the undoubted gains of the BRI. A bevy of high level officials graced the opening ceremony.
The expectation under the BRI is the creation of a region of shared prosperity from which all participating countries will benefit. The BRI, he said, should be a vehicle to eliminate extreme poverty.
Sri Lanka, for its part has reclaimed a vast area from the sea to build a new city which will be called the Colombo Port City. We will invite investors from everywhere to invest in the Colombo Port City. It's priceless location in the middle of the Indian Ocean is incomparable in value. The new harbour, built in the South - Hambantota, is designed to service the East West shipping highway along which 36,000 ships ply every year. Inland, a brand new highway links Colombo to the South and another will link Colombo to Kandy in the centre of the country.
The BRI will make a difference to the countries party to it.
It will contribute to bring prosperity to our people.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
15 August 2022