PM & Speaker praise China Belt-Road Initiative

2019-04-15 at 11:10

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Speaker of House Karu Jayasuriya have praised the China proposed Belt and Road Initiative.

The Prime Minister in an interview with China Central Television said as China-assisted projects under the BRI, the Financial City and the Hambantota International Port development project, have benefited Sri Lanka’s economy.

Sri Lanka is among the first countries to join the initiative.

Premier Wickremesinghe said he has seen many countries support the Belt and Road Initiative over the past years, as the initiative linking existing land and maritime roads contributes to development.

The Prime Minister noted “the Belt and Road Initiative is really creating an economic system, which is helpful to us in Asia. I would call it innovative”.

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya told CCTV that he is confident about the prospect of the Belt and Road Initiative.

The Speaker said “Sri Lanka and China have been in a relationship which has been lasting for thousands of years. They have been involved with us in several development programs like the building of roads, buildings, the airports and also seaports, and especially in the infrastructure, the country is now opening up to the world as an ideal investment centre. So I’m happy with this initiative that you are taking. Sri Lanka will be seen as a country that is poised for growth”.