By Colombo Telegraph –
Dr. Chris Nonis spoke on the Ambassadors Panel of the Global Economic Forum 2013, UK, and highlighted the geo-strategic positioning of Sri Lanka at the nexus between shipping and aviation routes of the West and the East, and the substantial infrastructure development in the country in the post-conflict era. He spoke of the recently inaugurated Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport, along with the Hambantota Port, which will help to position Sri Lanka as a logistics hub within the Indian Ocean. But Dr. Nonis refrained from circulating the newsletter of the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport, a source closed to Nonis told Colombo Telegraph.
Dr. Nonis also spoke of the infrastructure investments in “Uthuru Wasanthaya” and “Nagenahira Navodaya” in the North and East, in addition to the comprehensive reconciliation and reintegration programmes in Sri Lanka.
L to R: Mr Gordon Campbell, Canadian High Commissioner, Ambassador Prof. Miomir Zuzul, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Croatia, Ms Ruth Elizabeth Rouse, Grenadian High Commissioner and Dr Chris Nonis, Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the UK.
He also highlighted the increasing number of tourists to Sri Lanka, with over 114,000 tourists from Britain alone, from a total of over 1 million in 2012, and that British Airways will shortly recommence its flights to Sri Lanka, which are strong indices of the tourism potential of the Country.
The panel consisted of H.E. Mr Gordon Campbell, Canadian High Commissioner; Ms Ruth Elizabeth Rouse, Grenadian High Commissioner; chaired by Ambassador Prof. Miomir Zuzul, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Croatia; and Dr Chris Nonis, Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the UK, who each spoke about their respective Countries on the theme of “Economic Diplomacy” and its value in increasing trade and investment inflows to their Countries.
Meanwhile an anonymous email is being circulated bashing the newsletter of the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport. ” We are sure you will be impressed, as users, readers and teachers of spoken and written English, by the linguistic brilliance of this memorable tribute on the occasion of the opening of Sri Lanka’s second international airport. Please do forward this inspiring document to others who are working hard to improve this country’s educational standards and Public Relations skills. We can all benefit from it. Note also the Editorial List of names” says the email.
Article published in the souvenir to mark the opening of the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport.