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Sri Lanka Original Narrative Summary: 03/12

  1. USAID Administrator Samantha Power says political reforms need to accompany economic reforms in Sri Lanka: meets with Foreign Minister Ali Sabry to “understand the Govt of Sri Lanka’s priorities and reforms to address the country’s economic crisis”.
  2. Maldivian VP Faisal Naseem meets President Ranil Wickremesinghe who requests the Maldives to invest in Sri Lanka’s high-tech agriculture sector, cruise tourism and high-end tourism sectors.
  3. Elections Commission recognizes 7 new Political Parties: United Congress Party, Dewana Parapura, Sri Lankawe Samaja Prajathanthrawadi Pakshaya, Deshapremi Eksath Jathika Pakshaya, Bahujana Wiyath Peramuna, Eros Democratic Front, and Democratic People’s Congress.
  4. President Ranil Wickremesinghe expresses condolences on demise of former President of China Jiang Zemin: signs condolence book at the Chinese Embassy.
  5. US-funded Centre for Policy Alternatives led by Pakiasothy Saravanamuttu says CB Governor Dr. Nandalal Weerasinghe has “emerged” as the most trusted and the only person commanding the trust of the majority of Sri Lankans “to carry out economic reforms in resolving the present economic crisis”: next in line as per CPA “survey” are – (2) Ranil Wickremasinghe, (3) Harsha Silva, (4) Ranjith Bandara, & (5) Champika Ranawaka.
  6. Planters’ Association spokesperson Roshan Rajadurai expresses “bafflement” over statement of Minister of Plantation Industries about taking over under-utilised lands from big-scale planters: says there are no such under-utilised cultivable land.
  7. Central Bank mid-term report shows Govt introduced 10 tax changes while amending VAT 4 times to increase revenue from 2019 to October 2022.
  8. Meeting under the patronage of President’s Senior Adviser on National Security and Chief of Staff Sagala Ratnayake decides to release 5,000 hectares of land in Moneragala, Kotiyagala and Kebilitta areas on a temporary basis for farming, to face a food crisis in the future.
  9. State Minister of Investment Promotion Dilum Amunugama says 123 agreements have been signed with foreign investors in 2022: 82 for reinvestment and 41 for new investment: investors include from India, Japan, Norway and Singapore.
  10. Top Cricketer Angelo Mathews among 23 Sri Lankan cricketers registered for Indian Premier League Cricket Tournament Auction for 2023.

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