Economic Development | Speeches

Economic development and pluralism are keys to a strong democratic nation

Keynote address at the Conference on "Delivering Inclusive and Sustainable Development"

Taj Mahal Hotel New Delhi, India

April 9, 2012

Permit me first to extend a warm welcome to you all to this Conference on “Delivering Inclusive and Sustainable Development”, to all our Panelists and Moderators who have travelled from afar, from Europe, North America and others from South Asia. I express my deep gratitude on behalf of South Asia Policy & Research Institute, Center for Policy Research and Club de Madrid. I wish to also convey my sincere appreciation to the Ministry of External Affairs and the Government of India to facilitating the holding of our conference in innumerable ways...

Corporate sector and NGOs must play crucial role in South Asia's poverty alleviation

Opening address at the 'Be the Change' Seminar

Colombo, Sri Lanka

December 9, 2011

I wish to add my warm welcome to all of you for being present with us today. I wish to make special mention of Professor Yunus, for taking time off from his very busy and important schedules, to grace this occasion today, and to talk to us about some of the experiences from his rich and dedicated career. I have no doubt, we could learn much from his admirable achievements....

Bridging trust and building network of regional co-operation necessary for South Asian development

Rotary South Asia Goodwill Summit

New Delhi, India

February 12, 2007

I wish to express my appreciation to His Excellency Shri I. K. Gujral and to Rotary International for inviting me to the Rotary South Asia Goodwill Summit. I am grateful for the opportunity you have given me to meet with so many eminent persons from South Asia and to engage in a dialogue with them on important issues related to development in our region...

SAARC should lay foundation towards South Asian economic integration

Statement at the 13th SAARC Summit

Dhaka, Bangladesh

November 12, 2005

Madam Chairperson, Your Excellency Madam Khaleda Zia, Your Majesty, Your Excellencies the Heads of Government of South Asia, Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen,..

Comprehensive economic development strategy enunciates Sri Lanka's vision

Inauguration of the Sri Lanka Development Forum

Kandy, Sri Lanka

May 16, 2005

I would first like to take this opportunity to welcome you all here especially the representatives of the World Bank, The International Monetary Fund and representatives of donor agencies and the donor community to this second development forum for Sri Lanka to be held in this country....

Promotion of bilateral trade entity heralds new chapter in Pakistan-Sri Lanka relations'

Signing of MoU between Pakistan-Sri Lanka Business Forum and Sri Lanka Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Islamabad, Pakistan

February 9, 2005

I am delighted to be present here today and to have the opportunity to address the Pakistani business leaders. I wish to also thank the representatives of various trade and industry chambers from different cities and provinces of Pakistan for their presence here....

Breaking new ground in trade and commerce co-operation between Sri Lanka and Pakistan

State Banquet hosted by the President of Pakistan

Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad, Pakistan

February 8, 2005

Permit me to first express my most sincere gratitude for your warm words of welcome and the kind sentiments expressed by Your Excellency about Sri Lanka, her people and myself. Let me also convey my appreciation, as well as that of my delegation, for the excellent arrangements made for our visit to your lovely country, and for the gracious and warm hospitality extended to us....

Building trans-regional co-operation enhances progress and prosperity across individual economies


Bangkok, Thailand

July 30-31, 2004

This is a unique occasion. We, the seven Heads of Government from South and South East Asia meet at this Summit, manifesting our commitment to a regional group initiated by our host, Thailand....

Sri Lanka keen to emulate Singapore's phenomenal success story

Banquet held in honour of the Singapore Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong

President's House, Colombo, Sri Lanka

June 25, 2004

It is my privilege to extend a warm welcome to Sri Lanka to Your Excellency and your distinguished delegation. I had the pleasure of meeting Your Excellency during an official visit to Singapore, last October, when I extended an invitation to you to visit my country. I am very glad that you have been able to accept my invitation and visit us in Sri Lanka....

Conferred Ceres Medal strengthens commitment towards eradication of hunger and poverty

On presentation of the Ceres Medal

Colombo, Sri Lanka

May 28, 2004

Permit me, Mr. Director General, to extend to you a very warm welcome to Sri Lanka! I wish to express to you my very special appreciation of your visit to Sri Lanka, to present the Ceres Medal to me personally. I wish to avail myself of this opportunity to congratulate you on providing to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), this great Organisation to which we all belong, outstanding leadership during your tenure of office...

Confidence in financial sector and banking industry helps Sri Lanka integrate with global economy

On the opening of HNB Towers

Colombo, Sri Lanka

January 24, 2003

Honourable Prime Minister, Board of Directors, management and Staff of Hatton National Bank, distinguished invitees, ladies and gentlemen....

Recommitted political will necessary to coordinate and tackle poverty and food security

Address to the first Plenary Session of the 'World Food Summit: five years later'

Rome, Italy

June 10, 2002

It gives me great pleasure to address the first plenary meeting of the “World Food Summit; five years later”. The members of my delegation and I are deeply appreciative of the excellent arrangements made by the Government of Italy and the FAO Secretariat to extend us a warm welcome. I congratulate Mr. Kofi Annan, Secretary General of the UN, and Mr. Jacques Diouf, Director General of FAO, for their unswerving determination to hold this review meeting despite various obstacles...

Sri Lanka benefits through the delivery of modernized and quality healthcare

Opening of the Apollo Hospital

Colombo, Sri Lanka

June 7, 2002

It is a special privilege and a great honour to be present here today at the invitation of Dr.Prathap Reddy, Chairman Apollo Hospital Group and his team.

Today the 7th of June is a very special day for Sri Lanka. It is special because, the new Apollo Hospital, a part of the renowned Apollo Hospital chain, will begin to provide health care for the people of Sri Lanka...

Building a modern, stable and prosperous economy the key to growth and equity

Sri Lanka Development Forum

Colombo, Sri Lanka

June 6, 2002

I wish to thank all the organisers of the Sri Lanka Development Forum - 2002, for inviting me here today and giving me the opportunity of meeting with you all and participating in the proceedings. I wish also to express my gratitude to the World Bank, the Minister of Finance and all the Government Officials as well as the Private Sector representatives for the dedicated efforts they have put into preparing this meeting. ...

Sri Lanka's competitive strengths create abundant opportunities for increased German business investment

Sri Lanka German Business Round Table Conference, at Federation of German Industries

Berlin, Germany

March 13, 2001

It is indeed a pleasure for me to address such a distinguished audience this morning. I would like to spend a few minutes outlining our vision for Sri Lanka. I shall also present our views on the economy, on infrastructure development and related areas, and on foreign investment, with special emphasis on the strengthening of business links between Germany and Sri Lanka two countries that have maintained excellent trade and economic relations over the years. ...

Managing globalization to effectively deal with challenges and opportunities for enhancing trade and investment, and Sri Lanka's experience

Commonwealth Business Forum

London, England

October 22, 1997

I welcome this opportunity of sharing my thoughts with you on the “Impact of Globalisation: the challenges and the opportunities for enhancing trade and investment”...

Maximizing SAARC's role in developing meaningful, practical and structured regional co-operation

Address at the Inaugural Session of Eighth SAARC Summit

New Delhi, India

May 2, 1995

It is a great pleasure at any time to be able to visit New Delhi, but to do so twice within makes it all the greater. It is heightened even further by my coming to New Delhi in order to welcome India’s assumption of the Chairmanship of our Association for Regional Co-operation...

Poverty alleviation, employment generation and social integration are critical issues demand global attention

United Nations World Summit for Social Development

Copenhagen, Denmark

March 12, 1995

Your invitation to me to address this summit, organised on the 50th Anniversary of the United Nations is a great Honour to me and to our people....