Japanese Ambassador MIZUKOSHI Visit to Trincomalee and Polonnaruwa

Japanese Ambassador to Sri Lanka, H. E. MIZUKOSHI Hideaki visited Trincomalee and Polonnaruwa from 15th to 18th February 2023. This was his first trip to the two districts.

In his visit to Trincomalee, Ambassador met Governor of the Eastern Province, Hon. Anuradha Yahampath, Rear Admiral Dammika Kumara and several figures representing the area such as Chamber of Commerce and religious leaders. Ambassador exchanged views with Governor Hon. Yahampath on the development of Trincomalee focusing on various fields such as renewable energy, manufacturing, and tourism. In the meeting with Rear Admiral Kumara, both discussed the future cooperation between Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force and Sri Lankan Navy.

While in Trincomalee, Ambassador MIZUKOSHI attended the Organic Awareness Forum organized by Peace Winds Japan, where he interacted with the local farmers practicing organic farming. In his speech, Ambassador promised the continuous support of the Japanese Government on promoting organic farming to improve livelihoods, ensure food security and to achieve SDG goals in Sri Lanka.

On February 17th, Ambassador MIZUKOSHI attended the handing over Ceremony of Night Navigation System worth Rs. 2.63 Billion, assisted by the Government of Japan under the Trincomalee Port Development Programme. Ambassador wished the project will further promote economic growth through improved domestic logistics and international connectivity in Sri Lanka, and further strengthen the bilateral relationship between Japan and Sri Lanka. Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation, Hon. Nimal Siripala de Silva along with other officials of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority were also present.

On his visit to Polonnaruwa, Ambassador MIZUKOSHI had an opportunity to explore the historical heritage of the ancient city with Minister of Sports, Youth and Irrigation, Hon. Roshan Ranasinghe. Through the tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ambassador appreciated the significant archaeological remains and deepened his knowledge on the rich history of Sri Lanka. Ambassador also went to Maduru Oya National Park and received an explanation of the important role and function of irrigation facilities in the area.